An ‘exemplary contemporary technical object’: thinking cinema between Hansen and Stiegler

Roberts, Ben (2016) An ‘exemplary contemporary technical object’: thinking cinema between Hansen and Stiegler. New Formations, 88. pp. 88-104. ISSN 0950-2378

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This article explores the work of Mark B.N. Hansen and Bernard Stiegler in relation to technology, experience and cinema. It highlights the differences between their positions and evaluates their ongoing usefulness for ‘technocultural’ studies. The article starts by describing and evaluating Hansen’s critique of Stiegler on cinematic temporality. Here it argues that their very different reading of Gilbert Simondon’s work (and especially his concept of individuation) are crucial to understanding the difference between Hansen and Stiegler. The article then moves on to look directly at Stiegler’s approach to cinema through an analysis of his reading of Alain Resnais’s film On connaît la chanson (Same Old Song). It shows here how the frequent citation of popular French song in this film underlines Stiegler’s concept of the ‘industrialisation of memory’. The economic and cultural problematic that Stiegler locates in the film is contrasted with the seemingly positive reappropriation of culture industry which Lawrence Lessig describes as ‘remix culture’. The article then concludes by discussing what is at stake, theoretically and politically, in Stiegler and Hansen’s different ways of thinking about cinema.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Stiegler Hansen Affect Individuation Technics
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Humanities Lab
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B0790 Modern (1450/1660-)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B2430.D48 Derrida, Jacques
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion pictures
Depositing User: Benjamin Roberts
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 11:02
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 07:09

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