Tecmerin. Journal of Audiovisual Essays

Issue 5 – 2020 (2)

Issue 5 of Tecmerin: Journal of Audiovisual Essays offers seven audiovisual works of diverse origins and style. Hence, we publish pieces that stem from different “territories”—from researchers in the beginning of their careers to reputed videoessayists, from established scholars to filmmakers with interests closer to the avant-garde and documentary practices. Furthermore, we have received more submissions that ever and, hopefully, this points to the consolidation of our journal, following the steps of publications such as [in]Transition and the remarkable works of researchers such as Catherine Grant, Chris Keathley and Jason Mittell or critics/creators such as Cristina Álvarez López, Adrian Martin or Philip Brubaker.

For us, making/publishing/circulating audiovisual essays is an ongoing project we share with many other people, constantly evolving and allowing the academic and cinephile community to grow. Pioneering initiatives such as “The Video Essay Podcast” by Will DiGravio, the extraordinary production of filmmakers such as Kogonada, Matt Zoller Seitz or the above-mentioned Philip Brubaker (we are fortunate to have one of his pieces in this issue) expands a field of intervention that has become indispensable for contemporary research and cultural understanding. 

In the section “From the Archive”, Alejandro Melero addresses the representation of queer identities in 1980s Spanish television through the figures of Rock Hudson and Montgomery Clift.

Nothing else: explore issue 5 of our journal and enjoy it. It opens new paths and ways of thinking about the audiovisual world.

The Sounds of the Sinners

Philip Brubaker – 04:30
This audiovisual essay analyzes the use of anempathetic sound, as defined by Michel Chion, in Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana (1961). The deployment of this technique is one of the film’s main tools to express specific views on religion and social classes.
Keywords: cinema, sound, Viridiana, Buñuel, Chion

Moving through Geometric Compositions: The Spectator’s Experience of Film Space

Farshad Zahedi & Francisco Jiménez Alcarria (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) – 13:00
This audiovisual essay explores a selection of film scenes to examine how geometric compositions, similarly to architecture, generate emotions in spectators.
Keywords: cinema, space, geometry, Kogonada, Kurosawa

Women bleeds: relationships between the female body and menstrual blood on screen

Miriam Sánchez Manzano (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) – 07:34
Menstruation has been configured as an impurity symbol for our society. This conception has been decisive too for the creation of our images. This video explores its different representations on screen, proving how its relationship with the female body has been portrayed.
Keywords: cinema, representation, women, menstruation

Marketing Race, Gender, and Activism through Bodiless Entities: A look at Brud’s Instagram ‘Robots’

Nicole Ucedo (UCLA) – 10:09

An audiovisual essay in the form of a desktop documentary that investigates the identities behind tech company Brud’s Instagram digital personas. This piece questions if the identities of the digital personas would continue to exist if they weren’t motivated by marketing purposes.
Keywords: desktop documentary, digital, Instagram, bots


Adrià Guardiola Rius (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) – 12:45
Leviathan is an investigation about the visual representation system of Franco’s regime in the audiovisual documentation of NO-DO. Based on a detailed selection of material, Leviathan analyzes the relationship between the Hobbesian political imagery, the figure of a whale’s corpse and the apocalyptic narrative through 40 years of Francoist necropolitics.
Keywords: archive, found footage, whales, NODO, Franco

Facce della stessa medaglia- Sides of the same coin

Caterina Fassina (John Cabot University) – 10:35
Is history egalitarian? This video essay explores the contrasts between the official history crafted by institutions and a family living the Covid-19 crisis in Italy.
Keywords: intrahistory, COVID-19, quarantine, Unamuno, Italia

Ways of Coming Home. Affective Cartographies, Memory and Visuality

Tayri Paz García (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) & Jochen Vivallo (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) – 09:26
This audiovisual essay starts talking about a person’s accent and ends up analyzing a Chilean film. The thread that connects these points is the experience of living and belonging (or not) to a city: Santiago, Chile.
Keywords: documental, exile, Chile, me

From the Archive

Nostalgia and queer tragedy: remembering Rock Hudson and Montgomery Clift on Spanish television in the 80s

In recent years, the popularity of old programs from the TVE archive has escalated. The success of shows as “Cachitos de Hierro y Cromo” or “Viaje al centro de la tele” and, more recently, “Tesoros de la tele”, are perhaps the clearest examples of this popularity. This trend has benefited from the possibilities of the Internet, especially the “A la carta” platform of rtve.es, and even the premium RTVE channel on YouTube. The return to public exposure of these materials from our recent past serves as an opportunity to reconsider the LGBTI discourses of the time. In the following lines, we examine two videos that bring us closer to the way in which public television explored the figures of what we now consider two gay icons of classic Hollywood: Montgomery Clift and Rock Hudson.

Alejandro Melero (UC3M)

Tecmerin. Journal of Audiovisual Essays
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