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Antropologia obrazu jako myślenie hermeneutyczne w badaniach nad filmem
The Anthropology of Image as Hermeneutic Thinking in Film Studies

Author(s): Katarzyna Citko
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Media studies, Communication studies, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: anthropology of image;hermeneutics;
Summary/Abstract: Contemporary culture is saturated with images. The expansion of the visual and the growing importance of visual representations in all spheres of human activity are mirrored in humanistic reflection, giving rise to Visual Culture Studies whose nature is interdisciplinary, built, nonetheless, upon a wide anthropological base.As pointed out by, for instance, Hans Belting in the study of image anthropology allows for determining both the subject and method of research: images communicate a certain reality, and, at the same time, they provide a particular interpretation of the reality. Anthropology requires a hermeneutic approach whose important elements are both subjectivity and externality, the very act of seeing and the way it is understood. A hermeneutic interpretation of film works allows the recipients to understand themselves and their situation in the world within the context of image that carries meaning encapsulated by references. The hermeneutic approach in the studies on perception and understanding of cinematographic works enables creative analysis and significant interpretation of works of film art on an equal footing with genre cinema and digital cinema. In fact, image, which is significant for the interpreter, is at the root of all film productions, regardless of whether it is an analog or electronic image, being a reproduction of reality or a virtual one.

  • Page Range: 32-39
  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: Polish