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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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Earth Sound Earth Signal

Douglas Kahn

University of California Press

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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