October 10th, 2010

The Third Meaning

'Art begins the moment the creaking of a boot on the sound-track occurs against a different visual shot and thus gives rise to corresponding associations. It is the same with colour: colour begins where it no longer corresponds to natural colouration... '
-Sergei Eisenstein

It's starting to look like a triple rainbow!

There are other 'arts' which combine still (or at least drawing) and story, diegesis – namely the photo-novel and the comic-strip. I am convinced that these 'arts', born in the lower depths of high culture, possess theoretical qualifications and present a new signifier (related to the obtuse meaning). This is acknowledged as regards the comic-strip but I myself experience this slight trauma of signifiance faced with certain photo-novels: 'their stupidity touches me'. -Roland Barthes