A Body of Vision: Representations of the Body in Recent Film by R. Bruce Elder

By R. Bruce Elder

Elder examines how artists comparable to Brakhage, Artaud, Schneemann, Cohen and others have attempted to acknowledge and to exhibit primordial different types of stories. He argues that the try and express those primordial modes of information calls for a special notion of creative which means from any of these that at present dominate modern severe dialogue. by way of remodeling theories and speech in hugely unique methods, Elder formulates this new perception. His comments at the gaps in modern severe practices will most likely turn into the point of interest of a lot debate.

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And so the race was dying out" (191b). Zeus saw the terrible plight (which doubtless Plato modelled on observations of divorced or widowed spouses) and decided it was just too grievous, and must be alleviated. His solution, Aristophanes tells his fellow revellers, was to move their privates around to the front and make the species propagate with each other. This ensured that when a male clasped a female, conception would take place and the race would be continued, while if a male clasped another male, he might attain such satisfaction as would allow him to turn his energies and attention back to the everyday affairs of life (191d).

What I have strived to do is to identify the range of associations that the allusion might mobilize (and it is almost certain that there are others that I have missed). Each individual viewer will incorporate some selection of them into his or her experience of the film. The associations these allusions mobilize might, moreover, remain unconsciousness (but noneless emotionally and conceptually effective). They are, in fact, excessive to the text, in the sense that they are not integrated into the harmonious form that the textual operations constitute, but remain beyond the text's power of closure.

The reasons have to do with the essence of language. For the body these films deal with—the body made anxious by being perceived as an object of disgust and Films by Bruce Conner 25 shame or as providing evidence of our susceptibility to decay—comes into being only after the child has moved beyond the stage of primary identification. 10 To advance beyond primary identification, then, the child must become aware of his or her separate existence—of the distinction between the child's own body and the rest of the world (identified with the mother's body)—and, correlated with the acknowledgement of this distinction, the distinctions among objects.

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