Cranes, Drones and Eisenstein

A Neurohumanistic Approach to Audio/Visual Gestures

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Anna Kolesnikov Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Parma, Italy

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Abstract

In this article, a neurohumanistic, “third culture” approach to “gesture” is delineated. Grounded in an exegesis of Eisenstein's sensorimotor theory and extending to both contemporary and historical thinkers, a “constellation” of the notion of both visual and musical gestures is triangulated and operationalized into empirical research. An overlap between Eisenstein's model of audio/visual gestures and the contemporary frameworks of embodied simulation theory and embodied music cognition is revealed. Through artistic collaborations with a filmmaker and a film composer, custom-made, naturalistic video clips (filmed with a drone) and musical tracks were created using the film The Cranes Are Flying (Kalatozov 1957) as an aesthetic model. Empirical results demonstrate an increased sense of movement and involvement in the perception of both visual and musical “ascent.”

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Anna Kolesnikov is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Parma, and her research interests are grounded in the intercross between Soviet montage theory and cognitive science. She holds a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Parma; her dissertation explores the behavioral and sensorimotor underpinnings of motion perception in the audio/visual image. She also holds an MA in Cinema and Audiovisual Studies from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, and a BSc in Neuroscience from University College London. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3650-9306.

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