Film-Philosophy, University Of Brighton 2019

  • Claudia Kappenberg (Participant)

    Activity: EventsConference


    "Screenic Rituals." Paper.
    Abstract: An exploration of cinematic ritual - and the cinema as ritual space - has informed numerous choreographic ventures in cinema, such as René Clair’s Entr’acte (1924), Maya Deren’s experimental films and more recent works such as Sally Potter’s Play (1970) or Mathilde Rosier’s In Revolution (2016). On the occasion of a solo show at the Camden Arts Center in London in 2011, Mathilde Rosier argued that modernity has reduced our capacity for and commitment to rituals, and that her work aims to reactivate archaic rituals and invite active participation in them. To examine the nature and potential of cinematic rituals this paper probes the history of ritualistic cinematography and related choreographic strategies, drawing in particular on Maya Deren's writing in The Divine Horsemen (1953) and ritualistic concepts in Voudoun. The paper proposes, that cinematic ritual relies not on symbolic, but on actual movement within screen space and time, facilitated through, for example, the repetition and doubling of elements in screen space and time.
    Period9 Jul 201911 Jul 2019
    Event typeConference
    LocationBrighton, United KingdomShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • Ritual
    • Play
    • screendance
    • choreography
    • cinematography
    • Maya Deren
    • Sally Potter
    • Marcel Duchamp