MacKenzie 2010 Aesthetics

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Author: Scott MacKenzie

Title: On Watching and Turning Away

Subtitle: Ono's Rape, Cinéma Direct Aesthetics and the Genealogy of Cinéma Brut

In: Rape in Art Cinema

Edited by: Dominique Russell

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Continuum

Year: 2010

Pages: 159-170

Series: Continuum Film Studies

ISBN-10: 082642967X (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9780826429674 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781441109774 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781441116147 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Representations: Films / Rape

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Author: Scott MacKenzie, Department of Film and Media, Queen's University

Abstract: »Scott MacKenzie works through this ambiguity in his chapter. Proposing an alternate genealogy of what he calls, tongue in cheek, "pornartgraphy," he considers a different set of antecedents in order to understand the aesthetic, political and spectatorial implications of these films. If Bertolt Brecht hovers over postwar French art cinema, MacKenzie argues, Antonin Artaud is the touchstone for the New Extremists. These filmmakers complicate notions of scopophilic pleasure and passive spectatorship, recalling the challenges put forth by avant-garde feminist cinema in the 1970s. MacKenzie posits Yoko Ono's Rape (UK/Austria, 1969) as a precursor to the cinéma brut's concern with rape and representation. He shows how "the slippage between the metaphoric rape of the camera and the audience's desire for something more visceral and material comes to dominate representations of rape in the cinema." Like Rape's "Brechtian-Artaudian hybrid," cinéma brut both distances the viewer and confronts them with their own violence.« (Dominique Russell. »Introdution: Why Rape?« Rape in Art Cinema. Edited by Dominique Russell. New York: 2010: 10-11)

Wikipedia: Yoko Ono

Added: December 27, 2014 – Last updated: December 27, 2014