"Coming To Life" and Intermediality in the Tableaux Vivants of Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror

Pucill, S. 2018. "Coming To Life" and Intermediality in the Tableaux Vivants of Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror. in: Smith, V. and Hamlyn, N. (ed.) Experimental and Expanded Animation: New Perspectives and Practices Switzerland Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 231-255

Chapter title"Coming To Life" and Intermediality in the Tableaux Vivants of Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror
AuthorsPucill, S.
EditorsSmith, V. and Hamlyn, N.
Abstract

Drawing upon the recent writing by Agnes Petho, the text examines the films Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror in terms of their intermedial language. The main focus in the analysis is on the tableaux vivants that re-enact photographs by Claude Cahun, which according to Petho are the supreme examples of intermedial intensity.

A questioning of the duality of traditional categories of “animation–live action” is examined through the writing of Tomas Lamarre. This is applied to the way in which Cahuns’s photographs are enlivened or animated in the film. Borrowing Lamarre’s concept, what the tableaux vivants add to the original still image (Cahun’s photograph) is time, rather than movement. This idea is developed in the examples described where the re enacted image holds still, whilst voices and a soundscape create the movement within the film. Literal movement of the image, the agitational serves not to signify but to keep our attention to stay with the prolonged image.

Particular instances of intermediality are discussed both generally and through examples. This includes a theory of the auratic through the touch of the filmmaker. Finally, a discussion is had of the idea of inhabiting the place of Cahun as performer, which is heightened through the disorientation that is a consequence of the intermedial. Crossing time period and authorship is a central focus of the writing, which points to the significance of an artist animating the historical archive in film where uncovered historical narrative has the potential to be be brought into the present through direct means.

KeywordsIntermedial, Tableaux Vivants, Claude Cahun, Experimental Film, Expanded Animation
Book titleExperimental and Expanded Animation: New Perspectives and Practices
Page range231-255
Year2018
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication dates
Published19 Sep 2018
Place of publicationSwitzerland
ISBN9783319738727
9783319738734
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/978-3-319-73873-4_12
Web address (URL)https://research.uca.ac.uk/3893/
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