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The Anamorphic Cinema


The Anamorphic Cinema

Loader, Alison Reiko (2011) The Anamorphic Cinema. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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The Anamorphic Cinema is a research/creation project that proposes new ways to engage with moving images by applying digital imaging and animation to catoptric anamorphosis, a perspectival technique from the seventeenth century that deforms pictures so they ap-pear to re-form in the reflection of a curvilinear mirror. Culminating in Ghosts in the Ma-chine: The Inquest of Mary Gallagher, a looping fifteen-minute, site-specific video installa-tion investigating the culpability of a working class woman in the 1879 murder and be-heading of another, this project problematizes representation as re-presentation. Dra-matic performances of witness testimonies and newspaper texts, layered with diverse ar-chival images, form a network of narratives that re-vision the case within a context of nineteenth-century spectatorship, visual culture and disciplinary discourses. Made for ex-hibition in Griffintown, the location where the events it depicts took place, Ghosts emplac-es and embodies multi-perspectival views, encouraging mobile spectatorship and passive interaction. Audience members cannot alter the work directly but their experiences are dependent on their relative positions and angles of view. The anamorphic cinema literally re-presents partial perspective and situated knowledge, materializing theory into phe-nomenological practice.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Loader, Alison Reiko
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Media Studies
Date:August 2011
Keywords:research-creation, partial perspective, anamorphosis, visual culture, Mary Gallagher, Griffintown
ID Code:983867
Deposited On:15 May 2018 13:13
Last Modified:15 May 2018 13:13


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