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The Gulliver effect: Screen Size, Scale and Frame, from Cinema to Mobile Phones: This article has been accepted in 2020 for publication in 2022 in the New Review of Film and Television Studies, published by Taylor & Francis

Abstract : The encounter between the cinema image, originally created to be seen on a large screen, and the mobile phone used as screening device, stands as one of the most striking instances of what Erkki Huhtamo calls the “Gulliverisation” of our contemporary environments: “a two- directional optical-cultural ‘mechanism’ that works against the idea of a common anthropomorphic scale”. In what follows, I focus on the aesthetic impact of the coexistence of images coming from extremes of the representational scale, from the cinema to the monumental projections that typify the contemporary trend in spectacular displays in museums and public spaces, to the tiny screens of our mobile phones. With reference to practices of collecting, archiving and possessive viewing, as well as the relationship between off and on-screen space, I suggest that strategies of making strange allow us to remain alert to, but also to historicize the diverse modes of reception and appreciation of the moving image that such shifts in scale produce.
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Martine Beugnet. The Gulliver effect: Screen Size, Scale and Frame, from Cinema to Mobile Phones: This article has been accepted in 2020 for publication in 2022 in the New Review of Film and Television Studies, published by Taylor & Francis. New Review of Film and Television Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2022. ⟨hal-03533886⟩

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