Struggling to find and/or produce meaning... (a study)

by Kecskemétiné Nelli January. 18, 2010 5958 views

Preparing for my only exam in January on SEMIOTICS

Semiotics - the study of all verbal or nonverbal systems as languages, that is, as systems in which signs are articulated by a syntax of differences (Kristeva)



Photography shows us a prior reality, and even if it does give us an impression of ideality, it is never experienced as purely illusory it is the document of a “reality from which we are sheltered” (Barthes)

In contrast, cinema calls for the subject to project himself into what he sees; it is not presented as an evoking of a past reality, but as a fiction the subject is in the process of living. The reason for the impression of imaginary reality that cinema elicits has been seen in the possibility of representing movement, time, the narrative, etc.

Cinema does not copy the reality proposed to it in an “objective,” naturalistic, or continuous fashion. It cuts up sequences, isolates shots, and recombines them by means of further montage. Cinema does not reproduce things, it manipulates, organizes, and structures them. And it is only in the new structure obtained by editing these elements that they take on meaning. (Eisenstein)
The principle of montage, or better, that of joining isolated, similar, or contradictory elements, whose collision provokes a signification they don't have by themselves, was found by Eisenstein in hieroglyphic writing. According to him, a film must be a hieroglyphic text in which each isolated element has meaning only in the contextual combination and according to its place in the structure.

Today many studies are devoted to the internal rules of cinematographic language. Some are even going beyond the framework of film strictly speaking, and studying the language of comic strips: there the succession of sketches no doubt imitates the arrangement of cinematographic images, and by this means goes beyond the static nature of of photos and sketches, and introduces time and movement into the narrative. The isolated image (or photograph) is an utterance; when arranged with others, it produces a narration.

- What is semiotics?..

- Nooooooooo, I don't want to read this, I can't understand a single word…

- And this is only the introduction…

- Have enough of that!..

- Sssh**………………………..

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Unige 11 years, 3 months ago

Kitartást!!! Most már én is sejtem, mit tanulsz a fotókon...azaz mit nem akarsz megtanulni :D

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Monika 11 years, 3 months ago

azt hiszem, érzem miröl beszélsz, csak vissza ne kérdezz :-) nem sajnàllak, te vàlasztottad ezt az utat ;-)

11 years, 3 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 11 years, 3 months ago

great set...wait, ....reminds me of someone...

oh daughter and son:)))

11 years, 3 months ago Edited
Marsha 11 years, 3 months ago

You look exasperated! At least you have a comfortable chair in which to study ;))

11 years, 3 months ago Edited
Huiching 11 years, 3 months ago

LOL. Love this story.

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Jet28 11 years, 3 months ago


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Lotofoto 11 years, 3 months ago

I like how you tell a story with your set.
(& I'm glad it's you studying that complicated subject and not me ;)

11 years, 3 months ago Edited
Thomas Thompson 11 years, 3 months ago

Your Study looks like alot of paperwork, Good Luck on your exam Nell

11 years, 3 months ago Edited
Finbarr 11 years, 3 months ago

study looks hard !! Good Luck to you in Exam!

11 years, 3 months ago Edited
Ricardo 11 years, 3 months ago

I've just realized I've to study psycology!!

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