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The ethics and intimacies of moving imagesFirstly consider a way of thinking about the relationships between images as constituted through a media archaeological approach.This archaeology provides a foundation to think about how moving images are duplicated/reproduced. That is it becomes a concern for how moving images constitute multiple modes of reality through the process of duplication, seen through the variable ways in which the optical printer has been utilised as an archival tool, a materialist instrument and tool of special effects. It then reflects upon Jakob von Uexkull’s notion of umwelt to consider an ecology of images, as a problematising practice to allow for the reading of moving images as both apparatus and content overcoming the dichotomy between technological and cultural readings of the moving image. This is done with recourse to Aby Warburg’s assemblage practice of the Mnemosyne Atlas project, but is not the subject of this paper. The paper further problematizes this notion of the relations of moving images as being an ethical relationship. By suggesting that notions of Levinas’s ethics in relation to this tentative practice of moving image archival practice, can illuminate how moving image practices, in their duplication can be perceived beyond their instrumentalising, in their aspect of technological apparatus, but rather as a co-constitution of filmmaker, apparatus and viewer constituting realities.
Mnemosyne moving image archive: ethics and assemblage as a radical archival practiceThis paper stems from the concern for the relationship between the viewer, the film, and the filmmaker. It is an inquiry looking at how the moving image allows us to create an experience of the world. It is with the awareness that this experience has cultural and political implications, particularly when understood in terms of what is held in film archives, museums and collections. It is concerned with interventionist practices, that may bring to the fore what it is that constitutes the making and viewing of film and how through archival film practices film histories are constituted. The Mnemosyne Moving Image Archive utilises the approach of Warburg's Mnemosyne Atlas, one model in a number of strategies that attempt, through its techniques of assemblage, comparison and disjuncture, to read the image contextually in multiple aspects. Warburg's approach is recast here to take images and sequences from moving image works to read across traditional film studies categories to (reading) the moving image, as form, auteur, spectator, nation etc. to assert the potential relations between the works in order to recover histories, alternative modes of meaning making, and creative and cultural practices.