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Cinematic Chronotopes

Cinematic Chronotopes: Here, Now, Me

by Pepita Hesselberth

Pepita Hesselberth is associate professor in cultural theory and film at the Department of Film and Literary Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands. With Thomas Elsaesser she edited the textbook Hollywood op Straat: Film en Televisie Binnen de Hedendaagse Audiovisuele Cultuur (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2014
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781501300134
  • ISBN:
    9781623567668 (hardback)

    9781623566470 (epub)

    9781623569501 (epdf)

    9781501300134 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
Cinematic Chronotopes
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The site of cinema is on the move. The extent to which technologically mediated sounds and images continue to be experienced as cinematic today is largely dependent on the intensified sense of being ‘here,’ ‘now’ and ‘me’ that they convey. This intensification is fundamentally rooted in the cinematic’s potential to intensify our experience of time, to convey time’s thickening, of which the sense of place, and a sense of self-presence are the correlatives. In this study, Pepita Hesselberth traces this thickening of time across four different spatio-temporal configurations of the cinematic: a multi-media exhibition featuring the work of Andy Warhol (1928–1987); the handheld aesthetics of European art-house films; a large-scale media installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer; and the usage of the trope of the flash-forward in mainstream Hollywood cinema. Only by juxtaposing these cases by looking at what they have in common, this study argues, can we grasp the complexity of the changes that the cinematic is currently undergoing.