iPhone Cinema and Tangerine: Imagology, actor-network theory, and the idea of trans-

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In his brief statement on a new imagology (2005), Anthony Johnson outlines a wealth of issues for image scholars. Synthesizing decades of image research, Johnson also adds numerous ideas to the study if images, including concepts of resurfacings, accessibility, displacement, portability, and loss. However, he also notes that images always take material forms and provide us with (affords us) a set of sensory cues.
The purpose of this article is to argue that images matter: images function as transitive verbs that take objects, a position that Johnson has eloquently argued (2015). We may extend this insight by drawing on actor-network theory — ANT — which argues in favor of assigning agency to objects as much as subjects. For ANT, translation is the mechanism of taking form, the way that a network may be represented as a single object, such as an image.
Using Sean S. Baker’s movie Tangerine, I wish to extend the notion of imagology with respect to the material affordances of new media technologies. Tangerine tells the story of transgender love relationships, which is a classic example of the uses and abuses of stereotypical images. Yet the film affords us a unique set of sensory cues because of its material conditions; the film was shot using only iPhones. The film’s audiovisual style thus comes to matter in ways that allow us to tie together the three different uses of ‘trans-‘ — transitivity, translation, and transgender.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelRenaissance Man : Essays on Literature and Culture for Anthony W. Johnson
RedaktørerTommi Alho, Jason Finch, Roger D. Sell
Antal sider19
ForlagJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Publikationsdatonov. 2019
Sider223-241
Kapitel10
ISBN (Trykt)9789027204257
ISBN (Elektronisk)9789027262004
DOI
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2019

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Actor-network Theory
Cinema
Imagology
Transitive Verb
Affordances
Wishes
Wealth
Media Technology
Abuse
Transitivity
Movies
Accessibility
New Media

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Christiansen, S. L. (2019). iPhone Cinema and Tangerine: Imagology, actor-network theory, and the idea of trans-. I T. Alho, J. Finch, & R. D. Sell (red.), Renaissance Man: Essays on Literature and Culture for Anthony W. Johnson (s. 223-241). John Benjamins Publishing Company. https://doi.org/10.1075/fillm.11.10chr
Christiansen, Steen Ledet. / iPhone Cinema and Tangerine : Imagology, actor-network theory, and the idea of trans-. Renaissance Man: Essays on Literature and Culture for Anthony W. Johnson. red. / Tommi Alho ; Jason Finch ; Roger D. Sell. John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2019. s. 223-241
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