The ear against the eye : Vertov’s symphony

  • Vertov defined the basic qualities of his Cine-Eye by means of a simple negation: it sees what remains inaccessible to the human eye. This means that in his films we see media-based and media-produced images that have nothing to do with the imitation of human perception. According to Vertov, such filmic, telescopic, or microscopic perception develops, educates, and expands the viewer’s analytical abilities. Thus, we have on the one hand a media-induced perception and on the other a new assemblage or montage of the fragments of this mediated perception. This new montage is based on a specific interaction and follows poetic rather than prosaic rules. It is freed from such constraints as time, space, causality, or speed. In other words it is based on properly media-specific qualities and, following the terminology of the Russian Futurists who influenced Vertov in his youth, it constitutes zaum or transrationality.

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Author:Oksana Bulgakowa
Parent Title (ger):Kieler Beiträge zur Filmmusikforschung
Publisher:Kieler Gesellschaft für Filmmusikforschung
Place of publication:Kiel
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2010/01/11
Year of first Publication:2008
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2010/01/11
GND Keyword:Filmmusik; Vertov; Dziga
First Page:142
Last Page:158
Source: ; (in:) Kieler Beiträge zur Filmmusikforschung 2, 2008, S. 142-158
Dewey Decimal Classification:7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 79 Sport, Spiele, Unterhaltung / 791 Öffentliche Darbietungen, Film, Rundfunk
Sammlungen:Sammlung Musik, Theater, Film / Literatur zum Film
Sammlung Musik, Theater, Film / Literatur zur Musik
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht