Multiple knowledges and the non-human in Leviathan: Michel Serres and the power of creative practice

Hunt, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-1985-4351, 2024. Multiple knowledges and the non-human in Leviathan: Michel Serres and the power of creative practice. Senses of Cinema (109). ISSN 1443-4059

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This article draws upon Serres’s philosophy to discuss Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel’s Leviathan (2012) as an ethnographic film that moves significantly beyond conventional cinema to prioritise feeling and sensibility over narrative clarity. Leviathan feels aligned with the notion of “observational sensibility”, developed by Anna Grimshaw and Amanda Ravetz, which refers to ethnographic engagement through film that comes “not from a place of theory but from the perspective of everyday life”. Leviathan extends and interlaces the contours of listening and visibility established within ethnographic film practice to convey a distinctly “pluralist ontology.” Serres’s philosophy, which ultimately strives towards syntheses of knowledge, advocates immersion within the material day-to-day relationships of the world, mediated through the dynamic interactions between bodies and environments. Serres’s process (as a philosopher) involves “journeying” across, and making connections between, metaphysically unchartered waters and terrains to reveal relationships between patterns of thought, knowledges, and ways of being over space and time.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Senses of Cinema
Creators: Hunt, K.
Publisher: Senses of Cinema Inc.
Date: May 2024
Number: 109
ISSN: 1443-4059
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham School of Art & Design
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 18 Jun 2024 12:04
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024 12:04

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