When we look at cinema as skin we are looking at something as a container(embodiment).This is sort of like accessing the world through our bodies. We start to use language of phenomenal logical enquiry. Also as confluence between inner and outer. It is also a confluence between our senses. we call it intermodality, as a haptic experience.
Apart from the embodiment, we also could look at the skin as an ethnographic sign. The enquiry of intercultural/ postcolonial that we we come into contact with another, the screen become an encounter with the other.
Both of them are critiquing ocular centrism.It is not about seeing through eyes, it is more about the body experience.There are lot of film theorist who used a lot psychoanalytical terms.
Talking of psycho pathological conditions, Buffalo Bill in The silence of the lambs who was driven by the desire of it to vest himself in someone else’s skin. That is what’s driving the whole narrative.
The film Fight Club by David Fincher. The title sequence of the film is actually inside some body’s brain, navigating around inside the skin, and then zoom outside the skin.
The other science fiction film from the 1970s called the illustrated man really gets into the story behind the tattoos and the dynamic between tattoo artist and the person who’a having their skin inked.
When we think about those terms with out body, that’s when we think with the phenomenal enquiry.The idea of developing our senses, the more we look the more we start to see. It’s the idea of developing the senses together.
The other idea i s ethnographic anthropological film and post-colonial theories of film.
This is a kind of overlooked area of cinema. When we look at Hollywood film, the films that are outside of it are considered as foreigner. The Critique of imperialist andorientalist media; “whitness studies”, they are definitely a sign of cinema as skin.
Laura Mark(2000) discussed in her book The Skin of the Film that ‘cinema as skin’ offers a metaphor to create the way film demonstrates through its materiality, the contact between perceiver and object represented. She also suggest the method vision can be tactile, like touching a film with one’s eyes.
Rachel Maclean is a Scottish artist that makes films about her identity as a Scot. We watched her film called a whole new world which she made as a response to Scottish independence. It was a quite bizarre film when the woman started singing in Cantonese and then speaking in Arabic.
From my point of view, skin is the cultural identity to one self, filmmakers make film with their understanding of their own culture, the film demonstrates what the film contains. I really love films that has strong cultural influence, it makes the film more interesting to watch.
Mark, L.(2000) The skin of the film. Durham: Duke University Press. Elsaesser, T. and Hagener, M. (2009) Film Theory New York: Routledge