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The Philosophy of Time-lapse Movies: Vision makers

Abstract : We investigate time lapse (TL) cinematographic sequences in their capacity of representational tools that make certain features of a phenomenon visually accessible. We introduce TL as a subcategory of Altered Pace sequences (AP) and discuss analogies and disanalogies of APs with other “vision making” informational and representational artifacts. We introduce some descriptive and explanatory notions, among which the notion of epistemic advantage of TLs, or the notion of pictures’ silence, and we assess the role of background knowledge in interpreting silent pictures. We claim that TL movies and, more in general, AP movies, in spite of their analogies with microscopes and telescopes, are representations with no informational equivalent, thus constitute a valuable addition to our epistemic repertoire. If they had an informational equivalent, this would have to include a time machine.
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Roberto Casati, Samaneh Yasaei. The Philosophy of Time-lapse Movies: Vision makers. The Age of Immediacy on Trial of Meaning, Feb 2018, Locarno, Switzerland. ⟨ijn_02876682⟩



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