Pixelated View: Investigating the Pixel in Light of Substantial Motion

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  • Photography and Digital Imaging

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  • Pixelated View: Investigating the Pixel in Light of Substantial Motion

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  • Keywords: Pixel, time, motion, moving image, Persian-Islamic philosophy, Mulla Sadra, substantial motion, Gilles Deleuze
    This paper considers creative approaches engaging the body of digital video in relation to the outside world, drawing on Persian Islamic philosopher Mulla Sadra’s (1571–1641) theory of “al-harakat aljawhariyya” (Substantial Motion). For Sadra, the world is constantly changing in its substance. Substance is not fixed, as other philosophies suggest; rather, it is an act of existence, a process. Resisting fixity, this process emphasizes time and motion. Sadra’s theory, alongside Deleuze’s approach toward the point of view of non-human subjects, suggests new possibilities for the moving image.

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