Warhol’s screen tests and the affective body

In his article “Body, Image and Affect in Consumer Culture” (2013), Featherstone’s central concern is to explore the relationship between the body image and the affective body (or “body without image”). The former is exactly what you think it would be: a static image of the body, real or imagined, but the latter is a body the body as a site of potential, of intensity, that can affect or be affected. One way I try to illustrate this concept to students is to show them some of Warhol’s screen tests, which were filmed at the the standard 24 frames-per-second, but are played back at 16. They are clearly not slow enough to be confused with a typical portrait, but the slowed rate of playback highlights the potentials coursing just beneath the surface of these recognizable bodies…

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 10.20.15 AM

 

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