Alexandre Astruc’s canonical essay, ‘The Birth of a New Avant-Garde: La Caméra -Stylo’ (), is considered a key precursor in the study of cinematic. Digital video and Alexandre Astruc’s. caméra-stylo: the new avant-garde in. documentary realized? Bjørn Sørenssen Norwegian University of Science and T . La caméra-stylo. Alexandre Astruc. “What interests ine in the cinema is abstraction.’ (Orson Welles). One casinot help noticing that something is happening in the.

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Moreover we already have a significant adtruc From the beginning, philosophy has ignored or repressed technics, a consideration of which is deemed to be outside the purview of philosophy. As Dudley Andrew notes, Astruc and Bazin were quite intimate during the immediate postwar years. This art, although blessed with an enormous potential, is an easy prey to prejudice; it cannot go on for ever ploughing the same field of realism and social fantasy which has been bequeathed to it by the popular novel.

All thought, like all feeling, alexanrde a relationship between one human being and another human being or certain objects which form part of his universe. Simply by using one’s eyes. Objectivity is thus relocated in us rather than in the world.

After having been successively a fairground attraction, sstruc amusement analogous to boulevard theatre, or a means of preserving the images of an era, [film] is gradually becoming a language.

Stiegler attempts to rectify this error. We have no desire to rehash those poetic documentaries and surrealist films of twenty-five years ago every time we manage to escape the demands of a commercial industry. In an art in which a length of film and sound-track is put in motion and proceeds, by means of a certain form and styko certain story there can even be no story at all – it matters littleto evolve a philosophy of life, how can one possibly distinguish between the man who conceives the work and the man who writes it?

Perhaps it could simply be called a tendency: University of Chicago Press,p. Leroi-Gourhan’s thesis is that while the cortical system of the human brain has remained largely unchanged since the Neanderthal period, the human being has continued to evolve because of the relationship he develops with technics.


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Already it is looking to the future, for the future, in the cinema as elsewhere, is the only thing that matters. However, the Nouvelle Chic might have been a more appropriate way of categorising it, with its white sports cars, cocktail parties, a recording studio, modern skyscrapers, jazz and Bach on the soundtrack and quick, slick cross-cutting.

It is through his encounter with a series of technical instruments — the alphabet which gave him access to words and languagepen and paper which allowed him to articulate his ideas in an exteriorised form — that Stiegler was able to develop his thoughts and transform himself from a convict into a philosopher.

Show 25 25 50 All. But with the development of 16mm and television, the day is not far off when everyone will possess a projector, will go to the local bookstore and hire films written on any subject, of any form, from literary criticism and novels to mathematics, history, and general science.

The economic and material difficulties of the cinema create the strange paradox whereby one can talk about something which does not yet exist; for although we know what we want, we do not know whether, when, and how we will be able to do it. What is different between the two processes is that, in traditional writing, the same instruments are used at each stage of composition; whereas film involves different instruments or tools, each of which has its own range of potentials, and its own way of influencing the course of action to be taken.

How can one tell? The most philosophical meditations on human production, psychology, metaphysics, ideas, and passions lie within its province.

The shift is from technics that facilitate memory to those that store it. There is always an avant-garde when something new takes place This unpredictability is the result of a number of factors, and they are not all part of the same industrialisation or corporatisation of the medium.


Technics are not only fundamental in the development of human knowledge, but are also significant in the creation of a non-biological form of memory. Only a film critic could fail to notice the striking facial transformation which is taking place before our very eyes. Judith Bernstein Interviewed by Jonthan Thomas. Loading comments… Trouble loading? I will even go so far as to say that contemporary ideas and philosophies of life are such that only the cinema can do justice to them.

A representative asrtuc from one of his Paris-Match pieces on Howard Hawks gives a flavor of the later Astruc: To ignore the conjunction of human and technology is thus not only to leave unremarked an essential component in man’s evolution, but also to leave technology in the hands of technocrats and industrialists.

Kant acknowledges the subjective nature of human experience while also providing it with an objective basis, since this subjective experience is objectively true of all humans.

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What interests us is the creation of this new language. For more, see Bernard Stiegler trans. It is an art that cannot live by looking back over the past … Already it is looking to the future; for the future, in the cinema as elsewhere, is the only thing that matters. For the work of filmmakers including Kenneth Anger and Stan Brakhage was made possible precisely because of the wider accessibility of 16mm cameras manufactured during WWII and then sold in second-hand shops at discounted rates in the s.

This idea of the cinema expressing ideas is not perhaps a new one. To come to the point: Daniel Ross, Screening the Pastissue 36 June. On one level, this exactly mirrors his propositions about cinema as a medium that freely mixes the most concrete, physical detail of the material world with the most abstract, metaphysical ideas.