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Heinzl, Jeffrey (2018) FEEL IT ALL AROUND: ART MUSIC VIDEO, ART CINEMA, AND SPECTATORSHIP IN THE STREAMING ERA. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation describes a trend in contemporary music video that I call “art music video.” This kind of narrative music video features striking images that disrupt plot coherence, prompting a kind of spectatorship that involves endlessly rethinking narrative events and meaning. These striking images leave spectators with a number of questions at video’s end that neither the spectator nor the video can answer with certainty; these disruptive moments emphasize that the art music video is essentially and intensely discontinuous. This dissertation details the connection of the art music video to art cinema—as an institution and global cinema trend from 1945 to the present day—and art cinema spectatorship, emphasizing the widespread availability of both art music video and art cinema in high definition on streaming platforms. The first chapter traces the form and key characteristics of contemporary art music video by comparing its narrative features to those common to art cinema, both as scholars have tended to define art cinema and within specific examples of classic art films that challenge these definitions; the second chapter focuses on art films that deploy pop songs to describe how these pop music moments call into question auteur-focused readings of art cinema and unsettle art cinema’s traditional white, male, heterosexual perspective; the third chapter situates the defiant work of Kanye West at the intersection of black cinema and art cinema by describing his work in the context of hip-hop aesthetics and Jacques Rancière’s notion of the aesthetic regime; and the fourth chapter takes up the concepts of cinematic excess and the neo-baroque to describe art cinema and art music video as promoting a spectatorship attentive to excessive surface and excessive depth. As a whole, this dissertation aims to chart the lineage between music video and art cinema, and to locate the art music video within a feedback loop of virtual, aesthetic, intellectual, and affective contexts.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Heinzl, Jeffreyjmh173@pitt.edujmh173
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairLowenstein,
Committee MemberMajumdar,
Committee MemberHalle,
Committee MemberAnderson,
Committee MemberMorgan,
Date: 27 September 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 8 May 2018
Approval Date: 27 September 2018
Submission Date: 6 August 2018
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 218
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Film Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: music video art cinema spectatorship pop music narrative hip-hop
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2018 16:43
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2018 16:43


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