Is there something bad here? – “other images” in the interstices of the cinematographic fiction

Abstract

Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958), The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980), Détective (Jean-Luc Godard, 1985), Mystery Train (Jim Jarmusch, 1989) and The Million Dollar Hotel (Wim Wenders, 2000) share a common denominator proper of narratives permeated by the presence of hotels as setting for crime, mystery and phantasmagoria. The convergence found in such cinematographic plots has stimulated the production of a visual essay of my own that investigates the tensions between the notions of image, place and fiction in the scope of visual arts, also crossed by movie language. The essay images were obtained during my stay in hotels so devised to provoke crossings and bypasses between cinema narratives and such atmosphere. The scenes of films captured in the hotel rooms derive from a corpus of works comprehending photography, video and fictional narratives. In The Shining, the kid, Danny, addresses the chef of Overlook Hotel: “Is there something bad here?”, thus evoking a somewhat mysterious atmosphere found in hotel film imagery which can also be extended to further events experienced in such places. This paper examines intersections between movie narratives and hotel environments – here understood as the physical and fictional place – in order to consider the possibilities of elaborating a counter-narrative in the plan of the image created in fiction interstice. This study draws on theoretical contributions of Jacques Rancière’s, Gilles Lipovetsky’s, Nicolas Bourriaud’s and Wim Wenders’s. 

Author(s)
Year 2013
Type Conference Proceeding
Publication Avanca Cinema International Conference 2013
Pages 1222 - 1227
Publisher Edições Cine-Clube de Avanca
Local Avanca, Portugal
Ed/Org VALENTE, António Costa; CAPUCHO, Rita
ISBN / ISSN 978-989-96858-3-3
Language Português