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11 febbraio 2019: Michael Newall: Picturing perception: What perception shares with pictorial representation

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Seminars of Philosophy of Perception, Mind, and Language — Winter session, 2018


Michael Newall (University of Kent)

Picturing perception: What perception shares with pictorial representation


11 febbraio 2019: h. 12:30-14:30.

Sala "Enzo Paci" — Direzione del Dipartimento (Via Festa del Perdono 7, Milano)



Film is distinguished from other pictorial media (such as painting and photography) by its depiction of motion. This is widely, but not universally, understood to depend on a particular kind of illusion - often, and somewhat erroneously, identified as the phi phenomenon. This popular approach also rejects what I call the resemblance view of film: the idea that film resembles what it represents. This alternative view is usually dismissed since film presents a series of still pictures, rather than actual movement. My paper looks more deeply into the depiction of motion in film, and how motion, both filmic and actual, is detected and represented perceptually. Finally, it draws on ideas from the philosophy of perception and from vision science to explore the scope for arguing that the resemblance view of film may, surprisingly, be correct.

Michael Newall is Director of the Aesthetics Research Centre and Senior Lecturer in History & Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. He is author of the books A Philosophy of the Art School (Routledge, 2019), and What is a Picture? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), as well as articles, reviews and chapters in many books and journals. 


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