Reconsidering the substance of digital video from a Sadrian perspective

Emadi, A. (2020) Reconsidering the substance of digital video from a Sadrian perspective. Leonardo: Art Science and Technology, 53(1), pp. 75-80. (doi: 10.1162/LEON_a_01602)

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Abstract

The digitisation process is debated as video’s deficiency, where pixels are conceived as isolated fragments without an existential link to the source image. This article explores the ontology of digital-video through Mulla Sadrā’s (1571–1641) theory of Substantial Motion. Sadrā, a Persian-Islamic existentialist, proposed that substance (material/visible and immaterial/invisible) undergoes an internal change. Through imperceptible internal change, intimate connections exist between the smallest parts and the One, visible and invisible. We can think of these dynamic connections in terms of pixels and frames. From the view of Sadrā’s substance, pixels are explored as open to change. The apparent weaknesses of digital materiality become potentials towards understanding its existence in time.

Item Type:Articles (Editorial)
Additional Information:The article reflects its base in artistic practices, media theory and philosophical inquiry while it intersects a wide range of related fields from film studies to new media, French Philosophy, and Islamic Philosophy with an interdisciplinary approach. It connects Persian philosophies of, such as materiality and immateriality, to the digital moving image. It adds to the existing knowledge concerned with how we differentiate between the analogue and the digital, beyond technological grounds.
Keywords:Mulla Sadra, Gille Deleuze, Process philosophy, Pixel, Film materiality, Digital video, Perception, Real, indexicality.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Emadi, Dr Azadeh
Authors: Emadi, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Leonardo: Art Science and Technology
Publisher:MIT Press
ISSN:0024-094X
ISSN (Online):1530-9282
Published Online:24 January 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The MIT Press
First Published:First published in Leonardo: Art Science and Technology 53(1): 75-80
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy
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