Daily Archives: September 16, 2017

Lines of Sight (425)

Here’s a fan video of Iggy and the Stooges’s “TV Eye”:

I want everybody to think outside the classroom about the ideas we discuss. Ideally, you’ll talk about the course materials with other people.

Upon reflection, the clip from Velvet Goldmine will resonate with Berger’s discussion of the nude painting and “publicity.” One issue here has to do with lines of sight– with where the seeing subject is positioned in space in relation to visible objects. An audience member watching Curt Wild and The Rats might have to strain to see everything. Her perspective is situated and thus partial, something that the camera work attempts to give form to by using rough panning shots. This technique effectively communicates the experience of being in the crowd viewing the performance on stage without descending into a fetishizing, obsessive gaze. The true voyeur’s looks linger; insistent and probing, vision becomes touch.

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