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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What he makes clear is the extent to which even the work of Gilles Deleuze largely ignores this dimension of the medium: By language, I mean a form in which wstruc by which an artist can express his thoughts, however abstract they may be, or translate his obsessions exactly as he does in the contemporary essay or novel. Objectivity is thus relocated in us rather than in the world.

Judith Bernstein Interviewed by Jonthan Thomas. Oddly enough, a similar thing happens in Stiegler, for even as he promises to address cinema in volume three of Technics and Timehis focus is less on films or filmmakers, or on the aesthetic potential of the medium, than on developing a sophisticated, but also largely negative, argument about cinema as an emblematic instance of the capture of modern technics by forces of power and control.

This is how Stiegler initially trained for a life in philosophy. 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. Being a Dig Georges Didi-Huberman.

How can one tell? The link between Astruc and Truffaut can be taken further. In these terms, to say that language is an abstraction should not be understood exclusively in negative terms, for abstraction is not simply a subtraction, extraction or sfylo of experience. Cinematic Time and the Question of Malaise. 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.


The shift is from technics that facilitate memory to those that store it. camega

The possibility of an individual response, the expression of a true individuality, becomes increasingly rare. Instead it pushed the voiceover experiments of Robert Bresson in his Diary famera a Country Priest, of the year before, to an extreme.

The latter to be understood in a number of ways: To come to the point: That is why I would like to call this new age of cinema the age of camera-stylo camera-pen. In the future, Astruc believes, not only will more people have access to cameras, but they will also have more flexibility in how they screen a film.

The Future of Cinema Alexandre Astruc.

La Camera Stylo – Alexandre Astruc

To this notion, Stiegler adds a discussion of camer new time-based media of the 19th and 20th centuries the phonograph, cinemawhich not only duplicate the flux of consciousness but also — because of their mechanical reproducibility — have the ability to repeat it. It can tackle any subject, any genre. Let us not forget, in this context, astguc the Technics and Time series was written in the s. It becomes clear that Astruc relates abstraction stypo language — and language to thinking. Problems such as the translation into cinematic terms of verbal tenses and logical relationships interest us much more than the creation of the exclusively visual and static art dreamt of by the surrealists.

What interests us is the creation of this new language.

The majority of prisoners do not transform their life, or like him become philosophers. It was trying to create a specific domain for the cinema; we on the contrary are seeking to broaden it and make it the most extensive and clearest language there is. Stanford University Press,pp.


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. Bringing Astruc and Stiegler together can help foreground the importance of understanding the fundamental co-dependency of technology, artistry and industry in the evolution of the cinematic medium.

He envisions a future. A for Aperture Hole. Although his specific examples are all feature-length narrative films, shot on 35mm, he also mentions the proliferation, in the post-WWII period, of 16mm cameras, and how this increased availability of film cameras can facilitate the continued growth of the new mode of cinematic writing.


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. From the beginning, philosophy has ignored or repressed technics, a consideration of which is deemed to be outside the purview of philosophy.

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. But it is significant that the films which fail to obtain the blessing of the critics are precisely those which myself and several of my friends all agree about.

Our sensibilities have been in danger of getting blunted by those everyday films which, year in year out, show their tired and conventional faces to the world. This metaphor has a very precise sense.

Thinking with the Camera, from Astruc to Stiegler

This is not to say that the majority of works produced in the past ten years have attempted to utilise technics ccamera such a fashion; quite the contrary, for the most part, the majority of users simply wish to replicate the cinematic and televisual forms that they are familiar with, and which they recognise however falsely as their own.

But there was the possibility that this might occur, styylo this individual encounter with technics. It must be understood that up to now the cinema has been nothing more than a show.

But the cinema cannot but develop. The fundamental problem of the cinema is how to express thought.

A Place at the Table? The fundamental problem of the cinema is how to express thought.