A Filmic Allegory

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  • Title: A Filmic Allegory: A Material-Semiotic Analysis of Sunstone by Filipa César and Louis Henderson
  • Author(s): Sara Buoso
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts
  • Keywords: Allegory, Texture, Light-based Practices
  • Volume: 14
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2326-9987 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-1787 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9987/CGP/v14i04/1-9
  • Citation: Buoso, Sara. 2019. "A Filmic Allegory: A Material-Semiotic Analysis of Sunstone by Filipa César and Louis Henderson." The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts 14 (4): 1-9. doi:10.18848/2326-9987/CGP/v14i04/1-9.
  • Extent: 9 pages

Abstract

This paper proposes a material-semiotic analysis of the figure of the heliotrope through an allegorical reading of the short film “Sunstone,” 2017, by artists Filipa César and Louis Henderson, presented internationally beside a number of exhibitive projects and forums of discussion. This paper reads this film as emblematic of a new understanding of the photology that has traditionally characterized Western culture in a way that marks a turn toward ethical, social, and situated practices. The material-semiotic analysis of this film focuses on the role of operational images, the notion of texture of light, and the strategic functions applied by the work, which is relevant to a new reading of allegorical methods of representation. Through an analysis of this film, this paper proposes a way of thinking of allegory as a mode of speaking of difference and “the Other” between the representational and what remains in the opacity of what is not—or cannot—be represented, yet.