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Earth Sound Earth SignalEnergies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts$
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Douglas Kahn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257801

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257801.001.0001

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Star-Studded Cinema

Star-Studded Cinema

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(p.205) 16 Star-Studded Cinema
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Earth Sound Earth Signal
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Douglas Kahn

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257801.003.0017

Cinema is considered through electromagnetic propagation in projected and transmitted light in Alexander Graham Bell’s attempt to listen to storms on the sun using his photophone; through the “head-light child” of automobile headlights and related comet imagery by Marcel Duchamp, including his “tonsure”; and in Anthony McCall’s Line Describing a Cone and James Turrell’s Roden Crater, in the context of his ideas about electromagnetism.

Keywords:   Alexander Graham Bell, photophone, solar noise, solar astronomy, cinema projection, Marcel Duchamp, Anthony McCall, James Turrell, Roden Crater, Tonsure, light in art

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