Mapping the Moving Image

Valiaho, Pasi

Drawing on What is Philosophy? and the Cinema books (amongst others), this book uses concepts by Deleuze, and Deleuze and Guattari (movement-image, rhythm, diagram, etc) to explore how cinema maps our world for us. It examines cinema as a biopolitical cartography of thinking, focusing on early cinema in particular.

In this multidisciplinary approach Pasi Väliaho draws from science and philosophy to offer a compelling study of how the medium of film has shaped our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Väliaho examines key films from the early twentieth century, tracing the role that various arrangements of movement have played in the development of corporeality, perception, and modes of thought in cinematic modernity.

Pasi Valiaho, Mapping the Moving Image: Gesture, Thought and Cinema circa 1900 (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2010).