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The Ruin, Body, and Time-Image in Tsai Ming-liang’s Films: The Wayward Cloud, What Time Is It There, and I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone

  • Ivy I-chu Chang
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Abstract

This chapter intends to generate a dialogue between Tsai Ming-liang’s films and Gilles Deleuze’s theories of “the cinema of the body” and “time-image” to undertake a metaphysical and aesthetic contemplation of the dialectics between cinema, body, and time. In The Wayward Cloud (2003), the pornographic film-within-the-film through “mediated-body” and “framed perception” turns the body into the pure opsigns and sonsigns, exposing the phantasmatic status of body. In What Time Is It There (2001), with filmic strategies of dechronologization and deterritorialization, as well as the metonymy between body and time, Tsai presents the Taipei-Paris everyday bodies and Tsai Ming-liang-François Truffaut cinematic memory. In I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (2006), Tsai transforms the ruin in Kuala Lumpur to any-space-whatevers to make palpable the infinite virtual conjunctions of affection-images.

Keywords

Deleuze Tsai Ming-liang Taiwan cinema François truffaut Time-image Body Ruin Every-space-whatevers Cronos Affect Queer Affection-image Pornography 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivy I-chu Chang
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  1. 1.National Chiao Tung UniversityHsinchuTaiwan

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