By U. Vollmer
Utilizing feminist thought and analyzing movies that describe girls artists who see others during the lens of feminist theology, this booklet places ahead an unique view of the act of seeing as a moral job - a gesture of recognize for and trust in one other person's obvious and invisible facets, which promises the safekeeping of the Other's reminiscence.
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Foucault’s second, more general point is that panopticism is useful as a concept for explaining modern society. He outlines how disciplinary mechanisms have been extended in three ways, arguing that these mechanisms are not only operative within certain societal institutions, such as hospitals, schools, and prisons, but are all-pervasive throughout society in general. ’”42 In summary, seeing and being seen do not offer any possibilities for a relationship of equality between two subjects in Foucault’s approach.
58 Lacan makes this point by portraying vision in a triangular graph. The point of light is in this graph situated at one end of the triangle. Opposite this is the surface of the picture, represented by a line, the end points of which are connected with the point of light in order to form the triangle. ” With reference to this triangle, Lacan explains that the eye, even though it is picture, is never in the picture in the sense that it is the screen in front of the picture, rather than part of the picture that forms the background to the screen, rather like the skull in The Ambassadors A Philosophical View 25 that seems to be removed from the surface of the painting and hovers in its foreground.
Instead of simply concentrating on the ﬁlm spectator’s act of seeing, some authors call for an alternative way of ﬁlmmaking. I have already mentioned Johnston’s call for a countercinema. 15 Has this move ﬁnally turned the attention on a woman’s act of looking through a camera creatively, so that asking what it means to see is asking what it means to direct a ﬁlm? The question what it means to see has developed. At ﬁrst, there was no interest in women seeing. Women were there to be seen, deﬁned as spectacle, was the verdict of some writers.