Productions of Laughter in Contemporary Found Footage Films
Found footage filmmaking often generates novel juxtapositions and produces new meanings unintended by the footage’s original makers—meanings that are, in other words, “inappropriate.” One response to many such films is laughter. Through an examination of several experimental found footage videos made in the past decade, this chapter explores the notion of “inappropriation,” of the unexpected and potentially subversive possibilities of audiovisual appropriation at this social and historical moment. Drawing on the theories of Henri Bergson, the chapter argues that the laughter associated with inappropriation is often generated through the blurring of certain boundaries and/or from the recognition of a connection between two (or more) things previously unrecognized, disrupting habitual associations and establishing alternative ones. This laughter does not guarantee that inappropriation is always subversive of the dominant ideology, but the chapter suggests that such laughter at and with an inappropriation film may sometimes constitute a complex form of critique.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.