Mapping the Moving Image

Gesture, Thought and Cinema circa 1900

Pasi Väliaho

Mapping the Moving Image

Pasi Väliaho

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

256 pages | 12 halftones | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2010
Paper $43.95 ISBN: 9789089641403 Published November 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

In this multidisciplinary approach Pasi Väliaho draws from science and philosophy to offer a compelling study of how the medium of film has shaped our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Väliaho examines key films from the early twentieth century, tracing the role that various arrangements of movement have played in the development of corporeality, perception, and modes of thought in cinematic modernity.






Gesture and Thought

Art, Science, Philosophy

1        Modulation: On Cinematic Gestures

Nervous Gestures

Detached Heads

Non-Human Observers

Penetrating the Nervous Apparatus

2        Experimental Life: The Biopolitical Context

Test Subject

Bare Life


Neuromimesis and Mutism

3        Umwelt: Automatism and Affectivity

Organ Projection


Vitality Affects

The Open

4        Paradox-Image: Mapping the Unconscious

White Screen

Ruptures in Vision

Writing Pad

m & n

5        Differential Image: Abyss of Time

The Bridge


Imposition and Gramma

Lightning Image

6        Virtual Image: Cinema and Intuition

Cinematographical Mechanism

Indivisible Interval

Memory and Mirror






Index of Names

Index of Film Titles

Index of Subjects

Review Quotes
Tom Conley, Harvard University
“A commanding and consummate study of art, philosophy, the human sciences, physics, and biology in the matrix of cinema at the turn of the twentieth century. Blending contemporary theory with close readings of the foundational writings of modernity, Väliaho shows how the autonomy of the movie-machine shapes the ways we believe we think and live today. It will be a point of reference for every student of cinema, consciousness, and perception.”
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