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Videographic film criticism:

a field growing steadily

over the past decade

in which film scholars

make videos

about films.

Unlike visual anthropology

(another audiovisual field),

videographic film criticism

takes a more playful

and deconstructive attitude

toward its cinematic objects.

This journal:

Journal of Embodied Research

perhaps it is somewhere in between?

Not quite so playful

as videographic film criticism,

but not quite so earnest

as ethnography.


As performers and practitioners

who work with our own bodies

in audiovisual form…

What can we learn

from these developments

in videographic scholarship?

Film scholar

and video essayist

Johannes Binotto

analyzes several of what he calls

“practices of viewing.”

We might also call them techniques

of videographic thought.

For example:



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When we cut our own

audiovisual bodies,

it can sometimes hurt.

We should look for ways

to care for these bodies

— our bodies —

with every cut.


Videographic film criticism:

Christian Keathley, “Pass the Salt” (2016).

Catherine Grant, “Skipping Rope” (2019).

Kevin B. Lee, “Transformers: The Premake” (2014)

Johannes Binotto, “Practices of Viewing” (2021).

with thanks to Alan O’Leary

Journal of Embodied Research:

pause — from JER 2.1 (2019): Henrich and Wolsing; Pini and Pini; Gros.

fast forward — from JER 3.1 (2020): Nguyễn and Östersjö; Craddock and Harris; Stenke and Pagnes.

loop — from JER 4.1 (2021): Longley, Fisher, O’Connor, and Hutchinson; Ferreira, Marino, Martin, and Martin; Esposito and Dziala.

mask — from JER 5.1 (2022): Önnudóttir; Prokopic; Koski.

“Techniques of Videographic Thought”

Ben Spatz

Editorial video essay

Journal of Embodied Research 5.1 (2022)