Volker Pantenburg (Hg.)

Cinematographic Objects

Things and Operations

Mit Texten von Marcus Becker, Francesco Casetti, Thomas Elsaesser, Lorenz Engell, Ulrike Hanstein, Rosa John, Esther Leslie, Volker Pantenburg, Lesley Stern, Annette Urban und Kenneth White

Things and objects have been at the center of theoretical debate for some years. However, the question what Film and Media Studies can contribute to questions of human and non-human agency has been largely absent from these discussions. The essays in this book address this lack and scrutinize cinema’s specific way of dealing with objects. If we consider cinema not as a mere mode of representation but as an epistemological machine: What does it know about things and objects? How does it process the relations between humans and non-humans? Alternating theoretical approaches with individual case studies, this book provides answers from different perspectives and sheds light on the peculiar ontology of the “Cinematographic Object.”


» Mirjam Kappes in MEDIENwissenschaft 2 (2016)

Volker Pantenburg ist Professor für Filmwissenschaft an der Freien Universität Berlin. Buchpublikationen unter anderen: Film als Theorie. Bildforschung bei Harun Farocki und Jean-Luc Godard (2006, englische Übersetzung 2015), Ränder des Kinos. Godard – Wiseman – Benning – Costa (2010), Screen Dynamics. Mapping the Borders of Cinema (hg. zus. mit Gertrud Koch und Simon Rothöhler, 2012) und Kino Enthusiasmus. Die Schenkung Heiko Bachstein (hg. mit Katrin Richter, 2016). Von 2010 bis 2013 leitete er das Junior Fellow Programm „Theorie und Geschichte kinematografischer Objekte“ am IKKM Weimar.



The Cinematographic State of Things

Volker Pantenburg

I. Screen Objects


Objects on the Screen: Tools, Things, Events

Francesco Casetti


Round and Round: Horses, Carousels, and the Meta-Cinema of Mechanical Motion

Thomas Elsaesser

II. Liquid Objects


Roman Water: On the Cinematography of the Aqueduct

Marcus Becker


The Peculiar Ecstasy of the Animated Object

Esther Leslie

III. Temporal Objects


On Objects in Series: Clocks and Mad Men

Lorenz Engell


“It once was fire”: This Thing that Once Was a Body

Lesley Stern

IV. Technical Objects


Bolex and the Act of Filming

Rosa John


Strangeloves: From/De La Région Centrale, Air Defense Radar Station Moisie, and Media Cultures of the Cold War

Kenneth White

V. Image Objects


A Thing-Grammar of Film Qua Inventory of Images: John Baldessari and John Stezaker

Annette Urban


Rear Projections: Images of the Setting and Settings of the Image

Ulrike Hanstein