Intermedial moments: An embodied turn in contemporary Chinese cinema

March 2013
Journal of Chinese Cinemas;2013, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p01
Academic Journal
This article aims to foster thinking about the increasingly prevalent and fluid notion of the intermedial, a term that may be better approached with or "defined" by its specific occurrences in various scenes across the fields of humanistic arts. Bringing works by two contemporary film directors into a constellation, this article offers an argument on how a distinct aesthetic transpires therein, intimating what may be called an "embodied" intermedial turn in Chinese cinema, which brings into a cognitive focus a humanly inhabited gesture evocative of a deeply differential country in its intricate mutations. Remaining at odds with the logic of global capital and its "liquidating" motions of spectacle industry, these works refunction the cinematic by engaging the conditions and mediations of live-world intermedially, turning themselves into embodied innovations in the transformation of the aesthetic and the historical, at another conjuncture for a modernizing China and of modern times in general.


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