Publication | ‘Camering: Fernand Deligny On Cinema And The Image’- Marlon Miguel (Leiden University Press)
Author: Marlon Miguel (with original texts by Fernand Deligny)
Publisher: Leiden University Press
ISBN Print: 9789087283841
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NICA-director Dr. Pepita Hesselberth and board member Dr. Yasco Horsman are extremely proud to present the newest publication in their ‘Media | Art | Poitics’ series. ‘Camering: Fernand Deligny On Cinema And The Image’ offers the very first English translations of Fernand Deligny’s radically distinct reflections on cinema and the image, edited and introduced by Marlon Miguel.
About the book
Fernand Deligny, ‘a poet and ethologist’, is mostly known for his work with autistic children, and his influence on the revolutions in French post-war psychiatry. Though neither director, scriptwriter, historian of cinema nor a theorist of the image, cinema is constantly called into his social, pedagogical, and clinical experimentations. Also, he elaborates on the image to reflect on autistic perception and to radicalize his critique of humanism and discursive language. Deligny emphasizes that the camera is an apparatus mediating collective relationships. Furthermore, more interested in the processes of making, he distinguishes ‘camering’ from filming. Freed from the need to produce a finished film, it is a ‘film to come’ that is emphasized. The several film projects structure Deligny’s experimentations since they emancipate them from their supposed aim — that of normalizing psychotic or re-educating deviant subjects.
This volume provides Fernand Deligny’s essential corpus on cinema and the image. It shows both the role of cameras in many of his experimental ‘attempts’ with delinquents and autistic children and his highly speculative reflections on the image.
About the author
Marlon Miguel works at the project ‘Madness, Media, Milieus’ at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. He holds a double PhD in Fine Arts (Université Paris 8) and Philosophy (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). He is responsible for the organization of Deligny’s archives stored at the Institut Mémoires de l’édition contemporaine.
The ‘Media | Art | Politics’ series.
The series in Media / Art / Politics stimulates cutting-edge research in the fields of media, arts, and politics, focusing on transformations in technology, cultural expressions, and political processes, and their intertwinement, in our everyday, increasingly media-saturated, and globalized world. We welcome publications that address the myriad ways in which media-technological developments frame, shape and transform our (current) socio-cultural and political order, and give rise to new political ecologies, identities and communities, as well as to novel forms of cultural expression and communication. We seek to publish research that is case-based and theory driven. However diverse the cases addressed, the studies in this series converge in that they all take a specific set of cultural phenomena as a focal point to broach the larger socio-cultural and political issues from perspective of a critical (media) theory in development. Art probes the implications of such changes, offering an excellent starting point for critical reflections that seek to untangle the pivotal role of media in our world today.