Articles from 1(7)/2012 Synesthesia in Cinema and in Visual Arts

Synesthésies au cinéma ou l’expression d’une poétique


Keywords: synesthesia, vibration, poetic, symbolic prostheses, painting, reality effect, cinema, haptic vision, distance vision, poetry, figural

Abstract: Before cinema, theoreticians have established a relationship between the notes of the scale and colors, based on the idea of vibration. Kandinsky questioned the relationship between arts and used the principle of synesthesia. But films that were inspired by painting have also raised the question... Read More

Le Cinéma comme expérience du monde sensible: Sombre de Philippe Grandrieux


Keywords: Philippe Grandrieux, Deleuze, cinema, five senses, haptic, return

Abstract: How can a director summon up the five senses of the audience through the film medium? How can a visual (and sound) art make affects tangible? An analysis of Sombre by Philip Grandrieux in the light of Deleuzian theories may help us to propound some answers to these questions. Thus, the... Read More

La Vision haptique cruelle, cruauté et sensualité dans Trouble Every Day de Claire Denis

Florence ROUIF

Keywords: haptic vision, cinema, cruelty, sensuality, Claire Denis, Trouble Every Day

Abstract: This article about cruel haptic vision in the cinema will discuss film language, its text, even its texture, where tactility is difficult to transmit in a filmic text. Trouble Every Day (2001), as medium for these transmissions, addresses itself to the spectator’s senses, but contrary to... Read More

Alain Cavalier, un cinéma de la sensibilité


Keywords: Emanuele Coccia, Giorgio Agamben, Bernard Stiegler, bulimia, sensitive, sensibility, withdrawal, hearing-contact, touch

Abstract: Alain Cavalier is one of the most important French moviemakers. He began his career with committed movies (Le Combat dans l’île, L’Insoumis) in accordance with the rules of the “image-mouvement” as Deleuze analyzed them. He then changed his way in the ’70s and... Read More

What’s Eating the Romanian “New Wave”?

Doru POP

Keywords: Romanian cinema, food, eating, taste, sensation, spectator, synesthesia

Abstract: Without trying to identify a sub-genre in the Romanian contemporary cinema and without searching for the so called “cooking films”, this paper is analyzing the usage of food and eating in the “new wave” films of the Romanian cinema. Treating food and food consumption as a... Read More

Films et parfums ou quelques réflexions sur les synesthésies cinématographiques


Keywords: synesthesia, cinema, olfaction, perfume.

Abstract: This paper shows the synesthetic possibilities of cinema, focusing on the manner in which olfactory sensations are rendered by moving visual images. Some techniques are identified and described: the verbal discourse (common to literature and cinema), the showing of scented substances, the act of... Read More

«Tout chante» ou l’entrelacement des sensations dans Le Désert rouge de Michelangelo Antonioni

Véronique BUYER

Keywords: Michelangelo Antonioni, Red Desert, colours, painting, senses, synesthesia, Paul Cézanne, attentive perception, hypersensitivity, hallucinations

Abstract: I analyze Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert through the main character’s way of perceiving the world. Giuliana is depressed and this particular state changes her relations to the world: her senses are overdeveloped and she has trouble understanding the complex information they are... Read More

Le Kitsch comme art du désespoir dans le cinéma de Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Les larmes amères de Petra von Kant)


Keywords: kitsch, “the art of happiness”, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, painting, opera, melodrama, theatre, sculpture, alienation, violence

Abstract: I establish my study on basically two theo-rists of  Fassbinder’s aesthetics, the analysis of the kitsch in Fassbinder’s flms by Françoise Dahringer and the ar-ticles on painting and music in his flms by Vivien Villani. Then I take the idea of Abraham Moles, that Kitsch is... Read More

Ces maudits trompe-l’œil «qui ne peuvent que nous exciter l’appétit»: les arts face au déf de l’anti-aisthesis


Keywords: synesthesia, taste, anti-aisthesis, disgust, painting

Abstract: For Schopenhauer, the opposite of the sublime is the “charming and attractive” (das Reizende – in the translation of R. B. Haldane and J. Kemp). Objects of art – especially paintings and sculptures – should never excite the appetite for the things they are... Read More

L’Hybridité des genres artistiques: une Gesamtkunstwerk à l’aube du XXIème siècle


Keywords: flm, video, installation, opera, total work of art, multidisciplinary

Abstract: The notion of synesthesia in the contem-porary artistic practices has its echoes in the work called multidisciplinary or even multimedia. In fact, the evolution of these practices often tends to show a will of unifying the arts and to get close to the Wagnerian concept of Gesamtkunstwerk.... Read More

The Spurious Case of Synesthesia in the Popular Arts


Keywords: synesthetic experience, popular art, rigid conceptions, medium

Abstract: Whether we talk about genuine “synesthesia” in the context of scientifc research or just exploring general realms of perception, it still remains a fascinating phenomenon. This article focuses on works that unify the senses, drawing a somewhat historical sketch, a commentary upon the... Read More

Le Théâtre de Claude Régy, expérience synesthésique et érotisme d’un corps à l’état de brume


Keywords: contemporary theater, hologrammic theater, synesthetic staging, eroticism, skiagraphia, Claude Régy, Tarjei Vesaas, Salladhyn Khatir, Rémi Godfroy

Abstract: Questioned about the theater play God’s Mist, Jean-Claude Ameisen, researcher in cellular biology, describes Claude Régy as “a synesthetic director”. The object of this paper will be to show that in God’s Mist, the last creation of the director Claude Régy,... Read More

Les Synesthésies dans les cubomanies et l’écriture poétique de Gherasim Luca

Charlène CLONTS

Keywords: Gherasim Luca, cubomanie, synesthesia, french contemporary poetry, romanian artist, mixture of genres and fields

Abstract: Gherasim Luca’s work as a poet and as an artist was greatly infuenced by Victor Brauner and Ilarie Voronca’s theories. His work was displayed to the viewer in the exhibition “Présentation de graphies colorées de cubomanies et d’objets”, that took place... Read More

Donner à sentir, à toucher et à entendre. René Char et la peinture de Wifredo Lam

Martine CRÉAC’H

Keywords: René Char, André Breton, Georges Duthuit, Wifredo Lam, Tristan Tzara, visual arts, surrealism, non-occidental art, non-hermeneutics

Abstract: The word “synesthesia” was largely employed to designate the re-foundation of the relationship between music and painting, especially by the current of symbolism, in order to overcome “the lack of a common principle, available in the earlier paradigm through the notion of... Read More

October, Eight O’Clock – East-Central European Proustianism or Synesthetic Reappropriation of The Real

Claudiu TURCUŞ

Keywords: Norman Manea, proustianism, synes-thesia, trauma, stream of memory

Abstract: This essay analyzes the innovative way in which Norman Manea redimensions the categories of Proustianism (involuntary memory, stream of consciousness) and begins with the investigation of a few representative short stories from the well-known volume October, Eight O’Clock. The close-reading... Read More

Books reviews

Doru Pop, Claudia Cojocariu.

Abstract: How did cinema spread Communist propaganda in Romania? «Premier Plan» – ou lorsque le mot du fil passe au second... Read More