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Title:Béla Balázs and the Eye of the Microscope
Authors:ID Polonyi, Eszter, University of Nova Gorica (Author)
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Language:English
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Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:This study explores the significance of the cinematic close-up to one of the earliest theories of film, produced by Béla Balázs, on the basis of a widespread technique of microscopy in the life sciences, notably in the work of his brother Evin Bauer, a theorist of microbiology. Balázs imagines that silent film records life in its immanence and spontaneity by virtue of what he calls the “physiognomic” nature of its signs. Rather than generating signs that must be passed through an alphabetic cipher, as had been required under the regime of the written or literary, Balázs presents film as liberating our access to the flow of optical data. Interestingly, however, Balázs retains the need otherwise characteristic of scientific analysis for dividing up the image into semiotic units, what he describes as “atomization.” He insists on returning the real to a symbolic order and making film into a language.
Keywords:film history, media studies, science and technology studies, Weimar cinema, media archaeology
Publication version:Version of Record
Year of publishing:2012
Number of pages:37
Numbering:Fall
PID:20.500.12556/RUNG-5980 New window
COBISS.SI-ID:42059523 New window
NUK URN:URN:SI:UNG:REP:PEFAPGWH
Publication date in RUNG:10.12.2020
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Title:Apertura
Publisher:Pompeji Foundation
Year of publishing:2012
ISSN:1787-7245

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