Statistic intersubjectivity: A phenomenology of television audiences

by Christian Ferencz-Flatz 
In the following I will first sketch out a phenomenological interpretation of Walter Benjamin’s reflections on film-viewership, which he considers to be symptomatic for contemporary perception in general, by focusing especially on the implicit theory of intersubjectivity that underpins them.

Locating vintage

by Kim Knowles – She said I looked like a 1950s housewife – Well your dress is slightly anachronistic – What? It’s vintage I’ll have you know! – I know, but being vintage doesn’t make it attractive. During a party scene in Xavier Dolan’s film Les Amours Imaginaires / Heartbeats (2010) the two twenty-something characters […]

Laughter and collective awareness: The cinema auditorium as public space

by Julian Hanich Introduction ‘[L]aughter allows the audience to become aware of itself.’ This brief statement by André Bazin uttered in passing in his second article on ‘Theater and Cinema’ harbors a number of thought-provoking ideas.[1] The main goal of my article will be to examine what Bazin’s sentence may imply for the collective experience […]

Microphysics of a rationalist utopia: Ruins, town plans, and the avant-garde documentary

by Andrea Mariani Erase the traces! – Bertolt Brecht (Ten Poems from a Reader for Those Who Live in Cities) The historical and theoretical inquiries sustained in this essay derive from the recovery of an object found in the attic of an old photographer in Como, Northern Italy:[1] the 16 mm dupe negative print, originating […]