Date(s) - 03/08/2013
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Professor Gianmario Borio, Università di Pavia
“The Indeterminate Status of the Audiovisual Experience”
The term ‘experience’ has gained an increasingly important role in film studies. It is mostly discussed in the framework of the social practices linked to movie production and the act of viewing. This paper investigates the features of the audiovisual experience with reference to the kind of synthesis of materials (image, text, music) which became possible with electronic means. Although film, being the first new art of the technological age, represents the primary research field, the concept of audiovisual experience should embrace all types of multimedia artefacts intended as objects of aesthetic enjoyment or presenting significant aesthetic aspects. The nature of multimedia is often seen as being opposed to the complex of artwork and creator, which is crucial to aesthetic theories; however, philosophers have recently asked whether aesthetic experience can also occur at the margins of or indeed outside the traditional field of the artwork. For this reason, the paper devotes particular attention to those elements that the audiovisual experience shares with the “aesthetic experience” as defined by phenomenology and hermeneutics, which are based on the relationship between literary text and reader. The following questions invite investigation: How far can the audio-spectator be compared to a novel reader? Is the hermeneutic approach pertinent to structures of image and sound, fixed on an electronic support and endlessly reproducible? Can the audiovisual experience be represented as a process instead of an event?