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Off-Screen CinemaIsidore Isou and the Lettrist Avant-Garde$
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Kaira M. Cabañas

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226174457

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226174624.001.0001

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To Salivate Is Not to Speak, as Boring as Watching Dust

To Salivate Is Not to Speak, as Boring as Watching Dust

(p.21) One To Salivate Is Not to Speak, as Boring as Watching Dust
Off-Screen Cinema

Kaira M. Cabañas

University of Chicago Press

This chapter studies Isidore Isou's Traité de bave et d' éternité (On Venom and Eternity), which premiered on April 20, 1951. By using Lettrist poetry as part of the film sound track's experimental conceit, Isou lays claim to bodily intonation and its signifying possibilities for sound in cinema. With Traité's faulty transfer of sound, Isou uses one type of sound technology to remediate another. Remediation usually describes the condition whereby a medium “appropriates the techniques, forms, and social significance of other media and attempts to rival or refashion them in the name of the real.” Consequently, it most frequently refers to media that replace older technologies in the service of more accurately reproducing reality.

Keywords:   Isidore Isou, On Venom and Eternity, Lettrist poetry, sound, remediation

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