I start from the perception that there is a widespread “will to move” in photographic / still images (gifs, boomerangs and very short videos like Instagram stories are the most visible symptom of this phenomenon), as well as a progressive staticness of moving images. (Slow cinema, slow-motion camera use and fixed-point shooting in contemporary cinema attest to this trend). This phenomenon can be investigated from the recurring and up-to-date use of Tableau Vivant's practice in contemporary photography and film, as well as videoart hybrid practices. The question I raise for this article derives from the perception of this phenomenon, articulated with the question of the place of the “gesture” in contemporary culture. If we assume that the progressive mechanization of modernity has resulted in the feeling of loss of gesture, how can the moving image restore it, as Agamben suggests? And how do current contemporary hybrid images, in this case the work Faz Que Vai (2015), by Barbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, update this question?
Long abstract of your presentation
Main author information