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Indexicality and spectatorship in digital media: waking life as hybrid digital artifact Indexicality and spectatorship in digital media: waking life as hybrid digital artifact

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Author(s): Erik Marshall

Journal: Ilha do Desterro
ISSN 0101-4846

Issue: 51;
Start page: 301;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: This essay explores changes in concepts of realism and spectatorship in the digital age. With digital technology | images no longer bear witness to reality in the same way envisioned by theorists such as Andre Bazin | and a new model of spectatorship must f

ABSTRACT
This essay explores changes in concepts of realism and spectatorship in the digital age. With digital technology, images no longer bear witness to reality in the same way envisioned by theorists such as Andre Bazin, and a new model of spectatorship must follow this loss of indexicality. The digital rotoscoping technique employed in Richard Linklater's /Waking Life/demonstrates this split between reality and image, in part by preserving the real beneath an entirely created artistic surface. This essay explores changes in concepts of realism and spectatorship in the digital age. With digital technology, images no longer bear witness to reality in the same way envisioned by theorists such as Andre Bazin, and a new model of spectatorship must follow this loss of indexicality. The digital rotoscoping technique employed in Richard Linklater's /Waking Life/demonstrates this split between reality and image, in part by preserving the real beneath an entirely created artistic surface.
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