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A Study on ‘Film’s Body’ by Vivian Sobchack

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2021, 64(), pp.60-73
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.64.0.03
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : August 15, 2021
  • Accepted : September 11, 2021
  • Published : October 31, 2021

Bum-Jin Kim 1

1홍익대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to examine the intersubjective body experience with the spectator’s body based on the concept of ‘film’s body’ of Vivian Sobchack, a phenomenological film theorist. And according to the technological change of the movie, it is to reveal the various aspects and meanings of the film’s body and the spectator’s body. According to Sobchack, the film’s body is not a simple concept that refers only to the devices and their functional combinations, but the film’s body performs the activities of perception and expression while synthesizing all the devices of the movie. In addition, the spectator’s body is described as a place of perception and expression and a subject that interacts with the film. Therefore, in this study, the spectator’s body is not seen as a mere receiver but as a body that produces meaning. Since the spectator’s body experience is a sensuous and primary experience before the structured and meaningful secondary cinematic experience, the film’s body and the spectator’s body actively interact with each other as an intersubjective body experience. Based on this discussion by Sobchack, this study attempted a new interpretation of the film’s body and the spectator’s body according to the technological change of the film. The glasses for the 3D movie were viewed as the extended spectator’s body and the new film’s body. Also, the stereophonic sound of the film was also interpreted as the extended film’s body. In this way, the film’s body and the spectator’s body are not fixed, but changing.

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