Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Week 3 No session this week

We dont have a session this week, but I hope things can still move forward. Those of you that havnt started your Critical Studies blogs this is a good time to do that. You could write up your notes, do an analysis of a chosen film's opening sequences/credits and annotate a section taken from the Film Theory text book that is one of your resources.
The next session's close reading will include a passage from a book called the 'Corporeal Turn', by Maxine Sheets-Johnson. It's from the chapter, Thinking in Movement. The book introduces terms such as the 'mindful body' and suggests that moving organisms create kinetic melodies. (See section above, which you could enlarge to read) The reason we will be looking at this is so that you can develop a theoretical language that can be used to illustrate how moving images (including moving typography) make meaning and relate that meaning to how you yourself feel when you experience something. Sheets-Johnson often refers to a body of theory called Phenomenology (Edmund Husserl and Merleau-Ponty are the key writers in this area that we will discuss) and theorists such as Johnson and Lakoff who write about the embodied mind.
So if you are not having to work on putting up your blog or catching up on tasks, have a read through and try and annotate/make notes.
We should be back doing a live session next week.

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