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Death | Drive | Image: Bill Morrison's "Tributes – Pulse: A Requiem for the 20th Century"


Binotto, Johannes (2017). Death | Drive | Image: Bill Morrison's "Tributes – Pulse: A Requiem for the 20th Century". In: Herzogenrath, Bernd. The Films of Bill Morrison. Aesthetics of the Archive. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 241-251.

Abstract

Picking up on the concept of death-drive, as discussed by Freud and Lacan, this essay examines the ways in which the lm Tributes–Pulse: A Requiem for the 20th Century uses decomposing lm material, not as a nal state, but rather as a new beginning for cinema. Similar to the death-drive’s capacity to transcend the common dichotomy of life and death, Morrison’s lm keeps the disintegrating images alive in their process of dying. Dying proves to be the very opposite of death: not some ultimate break but an active process, which can be prolonged, paused, and extended into eternity. The title’s ‘pulse’ can be understood, as the irresistible, undead beat of the drive itself, which has no other goal than its own circular movement.

Abstract

Picking up on the concept of death-drive, as discussed by Freud and Lacan, this essay examines the ways in which the lm Tributes–Pulse: A Requiem for the 20th Century uses decomposing lm material, not as a nal state, but rather as a new beginning for cinema. Similar to the death-drive’s capacity to transcend the common dichotomy of life and death, Morrison’s lm keeps the disintegrating images alive in their process of dying. Dying proves to be the very opposite of death: not some ultimate break but an active process, which can be prolonged, paused, and extended into eternity. The title’s ‘pulse’ can be understood, as the irresistible, undead beat of the drive itself, which has no other goal than its own circular movement.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:27 Feb 2018 15:38
Last Modified:20 Mar 2018 00:36
Publisher:Amsterdam University Press
ISBN:9789089649966
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:http://en.aup.nl/books/9789089649966-the-films-of-bill-morrison.html (Publisher)

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