Academic journal article Millennium Film Journal

Performative Contradictions

Academic journal article Millennium Film Journal

Performative Contradictions

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CONCEPTUAL SPECIFICITIES

The project (if we can call it that) is to question the "expanded" cinematic forms that argue in favor of a certain crisis and perhaps overcoming in the concept of medium-specificity. What we desire is nothing more, and nothing less, than to inhabit the concept of medium-specificity as if it had never been inhabited before. With our closed-in systems, we imagine that the conceptual-structural integrity of the whole is a simple looping device or mechanism that is by no means merely repetitive and boring but precisely repetitive and boring. In brief, the concept of medium-specificity, when specifying its concept, is a performative contradiction that keeps looping back upon the impossible impasse of its symptomatic aporia as it infinitely approaches the closure of an inexhaustible exhaustion.

CHANGE-OVER SYSTEM

To perform the "changeover" system in the 35mm theatrical projection of celluloid film is to disclose a performative contradiction that is embedded in the cinematic organization of the materials themselves. What is simultaneously projected and thus superimposed in a kind of double-projection is the intermittent play of cinematic illusion and disillusion. However, the maintenance of this materialimmaterial dialectic (perhaps embodied in the figure of the projectionist) quickly transpires in the dissolving forgetfulness of an audio-visual seduction. As there is absolutely nothing to "grasp" or "grip" in the conceptual void of an ambiguous theatrical effect, the viewer is automatically rendered helpless to the coming attraction of an enigmatic abduction. …

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