Engaging Hand to Hand with the Moving Image: Serra, Viola and Grandrieux's Radical Gestures

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But in confidence I am going to tell you a terrible secret:
I hate cinema except when I shoot,
then you need to know not to be shy with the camera,
using violence, breaking down its defences,
because the camera is a despicable mechanism. What matters is poetry.

Orson Welles interviewed by André Bazin

A hand rhythmically catching a chunk of lead, two female figures approaching each other to embrace in an extreme slow motion, a torso twisting and swirling at the command of someone else’s will: this essay examines these and other gestures in selected contemporary moving image works. The gesture — physical and conceptual, theoretical and technical — accompanies and illuminates old and new forms of the moving image, from early motion experiments to analogue cinema and contemporary digital interfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCinema and Agamben
Subtitle of host publicationEthics, Biopolitics and the Moving Image
EditorsHenrik Gustafsson, Asbjorn Gronstad
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781623561253, 9781623563714
ISBN (Print)9781623564360
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2014


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