Socialisme, Godard and Victor Scklovsky

...perhaps art for art's sake, but more than that...

[Godard intertitles from]

Socialisme (Jean-Luc Godard, 2009) - art for art's sake - (via P)

I am lively reading my future life in the film world, the reason why i re-created this blog: Kristin Thompson's Breaking The Glass Armor. It launched me way up to the top of my dream. I finally have in my hands, over a cup of coffee, a copy of the book that will hold the foundation of my approach to films, the Neoformalist approach.

And here is what strikes me the most, from Russian Formalist, Victor Scklovsky, re-quoting from Kristin Thompson:

"If we start to examine the general laws of perception, we see that as the perception becomes habitual, it becomes automatic. . . Such habituation explains the principles by which, in ordinary speech, we leave phrases unfinished and words half expressed. . . The object, perceived in the manner of prose perception, fades and does not leave even the first impression; ultimately even the essence of what it was is forgotten. . . Habituation devours work, clothes, furniture, one's wife, and the fear of war. . . And Art exists that one may recover the sensation of life; exists to make one feel things, to make the stone stony. The purpose of art is to impart the sensation of things as they are perceived, and not as they are known. The techniques of art is to make objects 'unfamiliar,' to make forms difficult, to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged."

--- (From Victor Scklovsky's "Art as Technique" from Russian Formalist Criticism: Four Essays.)

De Sade it is.


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