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Indefinite VisionsCinema and the Attractions of Uncertainty$
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Martine Beugnet, Allan Cameron, and Arild Fetveit

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474407120

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474407120.001.0001

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Bill Viola and the Cinema of Indefinite Bodily Experience

Bill Viola and the Cinema of Indefinite Bodily Experience

(p.223) Chapter 12 Bill Viola and the Cinema of Indefinite Bodily Experience
Indefinite Visions

Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines ghostly gestures that we cannot consciously experience, but only perceive through digital technologies. Internationally recognized as a leading video artist, Viola’s work focuses on the intersections of new media and experiences like death, consciousness, spirituality, and emotion. Many of his recent installations manipulate our sense of time by using a special high-speed camera. Uncanny gestures (those that are embodied but unreadable) emerge as the film is transferred to digital video and slowed down. The emergence of gestures that we can recognize once visualized through digital media as our own, but we cannot recall – that is, we cannot reenact or remember – points to something uncanny about gesture and its relation to affect. Rather than offering us a new understanding of human interiority or an opportunity to make sense of the uncanny, Viola’s work leaves us only with uncertainty as a visceral affect.

Keywords:   Bill Viola, affect, gesture, installation art, moving image art, passions, bodily experience

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