Tecmerin. Journal of Audiovisual Essays

Issue 2 – 2019 (1)

With immense pleasure, we are delighted to publish issue 2 of Tecmerin: Journal of Audiovisual Essays. This time, we are offering five audiovisual essays from a variety of geographical territories—United Kingdom, Brazil, United States and Spain—produced by researchers at different stages of their academic careers—from undergraduate and graduate students to fully established scholars.

First, Catherine Grant presents “The Haunting of The Headless Woman”, a fascinating piece on cinematic interconnectedness and allusion between The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008) and Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey, 1962). Next, in  “Correspondencias”, Alfonso Villanueva García and Loreto Saiz García exchange images and sounds as videographic epistolary correspondences, reflecting on the re-utilization of pre-existent images to express new meanings, articulated through reciprocity and emotional commitment. With “The National Auteur ‘Goes World’: Claudia Llosa and the Critical Responses to Aloft/No llores, vuela”, Jeffrey Middents explores the critical reception of the film No llores, vuela (Claudia Llosa, 2014) in the Spanish and English-speaking worlds in order to analyze Llosa’s status as auteur in the international film markets. In their work, “New ways of Communicating Science: The Audiovisual Scientific Essay Experience” Benedito Dielcio Moreira and Pedro Pinto de Olivera argue that audiovisual knowledge is self-sufficient and must play a central role in the democratization of the scientific space and teaching methodologies. Finally in “The Cinematic Tool of 3D” Nicole Konforti and Nazli Yurdakul offer an intelligent and playful study on the importance of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (2013) in the history of cinematic 3D. 

The wide variety of topics, resources, techniques and perspectives that characterizes these five works signals the constant transformations within a growing arena—the audiovisual essay—that is rapidly becoming central for a variety of research and teaching fields. At this historical juncture, we believe that it is increasingly relevant for scholars to stay in tune with the current era, a time in which the videographic format has turned essential in the understanding of the world in which we live.

We hope you enjoy these audiovisual works. Surely, more will come in the future.

Editorial Committee,  Tecmerin: Journal of Audiovisual Essays

The Haunting of The Headless Woman

Catherine Grant (Birkbeck, University of London)


This video essay -focusing on this act of conscious intertextuality- explores in detail the plane of meanings that Lucrecia Martel’s The Headless Woman (2008) borrows from the film Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey, 1962) through its careful and subtle practices of allusion – practices based not only on similarity, but also on divergence and variation.



Alfonso Villanueva García & Loreto García Saiz, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid


Two UC3M master’s students reflect on the passage of time, life and death in this audiovisual conversation.


The National Auteur “Goes World”: Claudia Llosa and the Critical Responses to Aloft/No llores,vuela

Jeffrey Middents, American University


Analysis of the differences between the critical reception of the film Aloft (Claudia Llosa, 2014) in the Hispanic and Anglo-Saxon worlds in order to analyse Llosa’s status as an auteur in international film markets.


New ways of Communicating Science: The Audiovisual Scientific Essay Experience

Benedito Diélcio Moreira y Pedro Ointo de Oliveira,

Professors and Associate Researchers in the Post-Graduate Program in Contemporary Culture Studies at the Federal University of Mato Grosso – Brazil.


This video broadens the dialogue with other researchers and brings the public closer to scientists and science, especially because scientific audiovisuals can and should occupy a fundamental space in schools and in the democratisation of scientific knowledge.


The Cinematic Tool of 3D

Nicole Konforti & Nazli Yurdakul (Columbia University)


Student work focused on the study of the importance of the film Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013) in the history of 3D technology in cinema.


Tecmerin. Journal of Audiovisual Essays
ISSN: 2659-4269
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