Studies in Literature, Film and New Media
Edited By Anna Kędra-Kardela and Andrzej Sławomir Kowalczyk
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Gothic Automata and the Kunstkammer Island: The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes by Quay Brothers
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Gothic Automata and the Kunstkammer Island: The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes by Quay Brothers
This article seeks to show how in the film The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (2005) directed by Stephen and Timothy Quay the (neo)baroque spectacle of the kunst- or wunderkammer intersects with the Gothic convention, and the ways in which the film, situated on the cusp of the Gothic and the (neo)baroque paradigms, explores what can be regarded as the “aesthetic unconscious” (Rancière 2009: 43-45) of modernity; a concept which will be discussed in detail later on.
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