Aspects of Television Temporality

  • Andrzej Gwóźdź


ON SOME ASPECTS OF TELEVISION TEMPORALITY If there is a film that makes the way of existence of its images the object of its discourse, then Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, by Giuseppe Tornatore, France/Italy, 1989) undoubtedly is that film. It is just here that in an almost demonstrative way the duality of a film iconosphere is shown: a pictorial passage on a film reel on the one hand, and immateriality of die luminous screen phantom on the other, a "film-reel" and a "film-projection."(1) It is here that the cinema shows its ontology as a mechanism of difference between materiality of a fundamental cinematographic apparatus and immateriality of a cinematic mechanism that actually results in the source of the cinema. If we were to look for a similar justification for the ontology of television, we would surely have to locate it within the "time of expression," that is,...