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If film is a language, can birds make movies? An essay and two heretical descriptive systems (2017)

Tim Ridlen

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The work presented here uses the analogy of artists as talking birds and draws on research from cognitive ethology, linguistics, and film studies to ask, what kind of knowledge does art produce? Drawn diagrams and short structural videos illustrate but perhaps complicate or even obfuscate various parts of the text. The starting point is a 1966 film by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 'The Hawks and the Sparrows', alongside his essay published with the script, 'The Cinema of Poetry'. That text made a compelling argument about the nature of cinematic language, while his film imagined a world in which birds could speak. This essay – made up of text, drawn diagrams, and short video loops – takes the next logical step and asks, can birds make movies? The question is left unanswered, at least explicitly, and remains a figure or stand in for artistic forms of knowledge, research, and thought. This essay may not be of interest to those studying linguistics, cognitive ethology, or film history in earnest, but rather to those interested in visual forms of knowledge production and communication, humanistic explorations of the natural sciences, and the history of ideas. This presentation is the first of a three-part series titled 'The Artist’s Field Library', an arrangement of essays and source materials that explore the mutually transformative relationship between art and the university. The second essay in the series deals with academic institutions as the site of artistic and political practices, as well as what stands to be won or lost, and the third deals with critical pedagogy.
typeresearch exposition
keywordsVIDEO, epistemology, ethology, linguistics, cinema
date27/04/2017
published27/04/2017
last modified27/04/2017
statuspublished
affiliationUniversity of California San Diego
licenseAll rights reserved
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/147814/147815
doihttps://doi.org/10.22501/jar.147814
published inJournal for Artistic Research
portal issue13.


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147846 excerpt from Painters Painting Emile De Antonio All rights reserved
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147824 excerpt from Hawks and Sparrows Pier Paolo Pasolini, Arco Film All rights reserved
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356175 04_Moderate to Radical Invention copy Tim Ridlen All rights reserved
356176 05_The Absent Sign copy Tim Ridlen All rights reserved
356177 06_Color Into Shape copy Tim Ridlen All rights reserved
356178 07_Birds Make Movies (Audience Effect) copy Tim Ridlen All rights reserved

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