Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Motion(less) Pictures – The Cinema of Stasis - Columbia Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Motion(less) Pictures: The Cinema of Stasis

Justin Remes


Conducting a study of films that do not move, this book challenges the primacy of motion in cinema and tests the theoretical limits of film aesthetics and representation. Reading experimental films such as Andy Warhol's Empire (1964), the Fluxus work Disappearing Music for Face (1965), Michael Snow's So Is This (1982), and Derek Jarman's Blue (1993), it shows how motionless films defiantly showcase the static while collapsing the boundaries between cinema, photography, painting, and literature. Analyzing four categories of static film: furniture films, designed to be viewed partially or distra ... More

Keywords: film, cinema, aesthetics, representation, motionless films, static film, furniture film, protracted films, textual films, monochrome films

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231169639
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231169639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Remes, author
Oakland University