Recording Alienated Times and Experiences: A Practical and Theoretical Investigation on Filming Time

Dikaios, Orestis (2021) Recording Alienated Times and Experiences: A Practical and Theoretical Investigation on Filming Time. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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In my research, I explore the relationship between the lived experience of time and the moving image. Inspired by the philosophies of Henri Bergson and Paul Ricoeur, the theoretical work of Wolfang Iser and Jerzy Grotowski, and the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, Alain Resnais and Antonin Artaud, I research how the experience of time can be revealed in the work of professional actors and I explore the outcomes in relation to film language. As my practice, I have recorded in a documentary format a series of guided improvisations and interviews with a group of professional actors in order to examine the philosophical concept of experiencing time. In the present thesis, I demonstrate the theoretical background, which informs my approach on the elusive concept of time, as well as my creative decisions concerning putting theory into practice in this context. My interest in the exploration of the elusive dimension of time arises from the following questions that I explore in my thesis: whether the complexity of the experience of the actors during the workshops (diverse bodily reactions, intense emotions and contradictory images) can be effectively represented in film, and how filmed time and the lived experience of time relate to these conditions. This thesis argues that the concept of time can be further investigated through practical workshops, and this is why I explore this topic through the medium of a practice-led Ph.D. The relation between the outcomes of the workshops and the film language consists an innovative approach, and I hope then that my contribution to filmmaking and film studies will be both practical and theoretical.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Film and Television Studies (former - to 2012)
Depositing User: Kitty Laine
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2022 16:19
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 16:19


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