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Ruidology: intensity, perception and noisy audiovisual poetics

Grant number: 19/05083-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2019
Effective date (End): March 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Cinema
Principal Investigator:Cristian da Silva Borges
Grantee:Rodrigo Faustini dos Santos
Home Institution: Escola de Comunicações e Artes (ECA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Certain films, by venturing into poetics of excess, thourgh intense incorporation of technical defects throughout the production of the work (in opposition to regulatory and normative models of the cinematographic form and its representational-narrative images), construct audiovisual systems of disorderly and chaotic appearance. They search, in this manner, to bring out sensorial intensities in the spectator, who, disoriented from banal modes of aesthetic perception, is taken to de-territorialize his distinctions between information and noise, form and chaos, in a process that constitutes what I intend to name a "noise effect" in cinema. Identifying and investigating such "noise effect" as an aesthetic and informational problematic, this research project finds it particularly elaborated in experimental cinema, be it in works that invest in chaotic structures in their construction (such as in Structural Cinema) or in the films of artists such as Paolo Gioli, Stan Breakage and Patrick Bokanowski, who propose anomalous visualities, often close the formless, altering the "filters" of the apparatus, incorporating noises, envisioning a multiplicity of looking and of forms. Finally, a more extreme mode of enquiry for the intensities attributed to noise will be investigated in the works of Paul Sharits and of the couple Brigit and Wilhelm Hein, instigated by the aesthetic discussions set forth by Cecilia Malaspina, Michel Serres and Laura Marks, regarding noise as a positive instance in relation to perception and cognition. (AU)