Jennifer M. Barker


On her book The Tactile Eye: Touch and the Cinematic Experience

Cover Interview of December 10, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Intrigued by the carnal resonance between the film’s body and the viewer’s.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“I develop the notion of ‘viscera’ as a means of discussing both the resonance and the tension between the internal rhythms of the human body and those of the film’s body.”

On the second:

“That ambivalent but sensuous tactile contact between film and viewer moves all the way through the skin, musculature, and viscera, so that we are inside the film and outside it at the same time.”