This chapter reviews Giorgio Agamben’s engagement with the cinematic Because cinema has its centre in the gesture and not in the image, it belongs. Modern Visual Arts April 21, G. Agamben – Notes on Gesture. From Giorgio Agamben’s book: Infancy and History – The Destruction of Experience I By the. Notes from Giorgio Agamben “Notes on Gesture”. (In the cinema, a society that has lost its gestures seeks to re-appropriate what it has lost.

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The cube touches the surface of the coffee and in four and a half seconds the coffee soaks into the cube which is then dropped into the coffee.

Giorgio Agamben’s “Notes on Gesture” | No Reading After the Internet

The gesture, as such, leaves us in the realm of mediality. Participation in No Reading After the Internet is free and open to everyone, regardless of his or her familiarity with a text or its author.

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How does he do this? The Work of Giorgio Agamben Author s: The image is a kind of force field that holds together two opposing forces. Whilst still very interested in cinema, the focus of this incarnation is softened to accommodate the more broad and ever expanding scope of media art.


His philosophy is indebted, primarily, to Martin Heidegger and Walter Benjamin he directed the Italian edition of Benjamin’s workscreating a critical dialogue between these two thinkers.

The neurologist Oliver Sacks only rediscovered it in the s, and Agamben argues that this ‘disappearance’ may be due to the fact that ‘at some point everybody had lost control of ntoes gestures and was walking and gesticulating frantically’.

Also, Agamben’s theory might help us to think of a cinematic ethics and politics of the gesture, released from being frozen in the image. This is what Debord does in his films, working on images he both repeats images to free the gestures fixed within them and stops images to allow us to think the image as such.

The other way, Debord’s way, is to exhibit the image and so to allow the appearance of ‘imagelessness’. Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase giofgio access the full text notew books within the service. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print agamven a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use for details see www.

Read a response to this text: Benjamin Noys, ‘Gestural Cinema?: The power of cinema is that, in Agamben’s words, it ‘leads images back to the homeland of gestures’. The first is ‘Notes on Gesture’in which he sketches a new theory of film, and the second is ‘Difference and Repetition: Drawing on scanty historical evidence he argues that the scientific analysis of gesture begun by Gilles de la Tourette indicates the breaking up of gesture into segments.


The element of cinema is gesture and not image. No pre-reading or research is required. It attempts to make distinctions between gesture and image, as well as ethics and aesthetics, with respect to their relationship to the cinema. Don’t have an account?

Notes on Media and Biopolitics: ‘Notes on Gesture’

The strategieswe have at our disposal are twofold: The Athlone Press, In her grief she can only focus on the small things, things close to her, such as the cube of sugar slowly being dissolved by the coffee. Whether we have lost our gestures or not, Agamben redeems cinema as a site of the messianic promise contained in the image.

Dance exhibits the gesture as such, the medium of the gesture itself, or pure means without end. What, then, would be a purely gestural cinema?

Casarino Minneapolis and London: The MIT Press, What is this fragmentation of the image?