Subject:Moving Image and Spectator-ship

Subject:Moving Image and Spectator-ship
Length: 3,000 words!



For your 3000-word essay you are asked to write about contemporary screen spectatorship by making a case study of a particular media screen and viewing situation. You
will write a critical account of your chosen media screen, site and spectatorship that demonstrates a concrete application of concepts and theories of spectatorship
encountered on the module.

Examples might include:
a screen-based installation at an art gallery

a specific screening event in a cinema or alternative space for moving image! presentation

screens located in specific public spaces

personal screens and devices used to experience specific forms of moving image!


*Your case study should include the following theories and references discussed in the module:!

– Paradoxes of the Spectator and the Screen : Ranciere, Jacques. “The Emancipated Spectator.”
In The Emancipated Spectator. London: Verso, 2011. pp 1-23.

– The Gaze and the Glance:Barthes, Roland. “Leaving the Movie Theatre.” In The Rustle of
Language, translated by Howard, Richard. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989.!


– Screens and the Attention Economy:Beller, Jonathan. “Paying Attention.” Cabinet, no. 24 (Winter 2006).


– Tactile Encounters with the Moving Image :Marks, Laura U. “Video Haptics and Erotics.” In Touch:Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media. Minneapolis: University of
Minnesota Press, 2002.

– Ethics, Suffering and Spectatorship:Downing, Lisa, and Libby Saxton. “Ethics, Spectatorship and
the Spectacle of Suffering.” In Film and Ethics. New York: Routledge, 2009


– Moving Images and the (Im)mobility of Viewers:Mondloch, Kate. “Installing Time”. In Screens:Viewing Media Installation Art. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota
Press, 2010.!


– Screens and Publics – Part 1: Public Sphere and Experience :Hansen, Miriam. “Foreword.” In Oskar Negt, Alexander Kluge, Public Sphere and Experience: Toward an
Analysis of the Bourgeois and Proletarian Public Sphere. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1993.


– Screens and Publics – Part 2: The Transformation of Public Space :McCarthy, Anna. “Shaping Public and Private Space.” In Ambient Television: Visual Culture and
Public Space. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001.


– Spectators and Spectres:Mulvey, Laura. “The Index and the Uncanny: Life and Death and the Photograph.” In Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image. London:
Reaktion Books,2006.


*You are strongly encouraged where relevant to visit your chosen sites, observe people’s actions and interactions within a specific setting, participate yourself,
document what you see


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