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Title: The spectator of modernity : a practice-based investigation into the process of film reception in the context of the modern era
Author: Suazo Zepeda, Jose Emilio
ISNI:       0000 0004 2721 085X
Awarding Body: Brunel University
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 2011
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The Spectator of Modernity is a practice based thesis that investigates the process of Film Reception from the perspective of the film as experienced by the individual and her/his apprehension of the interaction between the fictional world on screen and the everyday world. The written component of the project positions the historical context and explores the theoretical notions for the understanding of film-viewing as a decidedly modern activity of special significance for the individual's permanent quest for meaning. Accompanying the written element, an original audiovisual piece amalgamates the real life testimonials of memorable film experiences which form the qualitative analysis of the research, with the story of a fictional character wandering in the location of the city. The activity of the character, driven to investigate the memorable film experience and in permanent search for a way to reengage in a meaningful relationship with everyday reality, is argued that is analogous to the activity of film-viewing. Following the considerations of the theory and the findings of the qualitative analysis of the project, the audiovisual piece suggests that watching a film is as a form of flanerie carried out inside the cinema, through which the individual seeks to assign meaning to the transient and fragmented events of modern life.
Supervisor: Wayne, M. Sponsor: Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico ; Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Phenomenoleity and film ; Film as experience ; The city film ; Film and flanerie ; The transformative power of film