Ways of Seeing and Feeling: Rhythm and Pulse

Dr Sharon Mee interrogates the role of the pulse and rhythm in film. She examines a series of experimental films – Brakhage, Kubelka, and Duchamp – which visually inscribe rhythm onto the image. She extends this analysis into horror film, specifically the work of George Romero, to argue that the pulse is a response to the experience of ‘felt’ time; the human pulse is integral to the connection between the viewer and the rhythmic images on screen. Dr Richard Smith responds to Sharon’s talk with his own analysis of Michael Haneke’s cinema, and the discussion continues with the audience present on the day.