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Seeing Degree ZeroBarthes/Burgin and Political Aesthetics$
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Ryan Bishop and Sunil Manghani

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474431415

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474431415.001.0001

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The End of the Frame

The End of the Frame

(p.235) The End of the Frame
Seeing Degree Zero

Victor Burgin

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter continues a decades long engagement by Victor Burgin with the theoretical work of Laura Mulvey as in pertains to cinema theory, panoramic perception, narration, memory and time. The chapter links these issues to how they are addressed and used in Burgin's practice and theoretical writing. The chapter includes Barthes in the discussions of cinematic theory in discussion with photographic theory through artistic practice that foregrounds modes of moving image narrative capacities for theatre and gallery-based spectators. Two kinds of narrative practices emerge, each relevant to spectatorship and viewing situation, as well as art work. The opposition between movement and still, the chapter argues, is not to be reduced to the distinction in narrative theory between 'narrative' and 'image', but is rather a matter of two kinds of narrative structure historically located in two kinds of architectural setting, each presupposing its own specific form of audience behavior.

Keywords:   Laura Mulvey, cinema, photography, memory, time, panoramic projection, narrative

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