The expanded cinema and the phantasmagoria shows

The debate about moving image, in the field of contemporary artistic practice, puts into discussion its installation in space, the pulsating dialectic between time and movement and its particular reception mode, which requires in most cases a floating gaze activated by the spectator.

However, from a media archeology approach to optical devices and immersive imaging environments, stands out the impossibility to circumscribe the debate around the moving image simply to an analysis based exclusively in the cinematographic apparatus receiving experience.

Therefore, bringing to the discussion the eighteenth and nineteenth century Phantasmagoria shows — in its technical, optical and performative dimensions — will allow a critical debate on the concept of expanded cinema, by evoking the uncanny nature of this sort of moving images, whose strangeness results not only from its peculiar type of visual representation, but also to the unawareness about the functioning of these technological devices. And, in this sense, we are facing a highly destabilizing perceptive experience, regarding the reception of images, which addresses more an active viewer than a still one, sat in front of a projection inside a darkened movie theater.

Year 2013
Type Conference Proceeding
Publication Actas da Conferência Internacional Avanca / Cinema 2013
Pages 331-337
Publisher Edições Cine-Clube de Avanca
Local Avanca
Ed/Org VALENTE, António Costa; CAPUCHO, Rita
ISBN / ISSN 978-989-96858-3-3