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History of a ShiverThe Sublime Impudence of Modernism$
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Jed Rasula

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199396290

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396290.001.0001

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Fourth Dimension, Sixth Sense

Fourth Dimension, Sixth Sense

Or Sublime Impudence Revisited

(p.200) 6 Fourth Dimension, Sixth Sense
History of a Shiver

Jed Rasula

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by following Dudley Murphy’s development from ardent Arcadian in his 1920 film Soul of the Cypress to the unabashedly modernist Ballet mécanique in 1924. This film participated in the machine aesthetic of the twenties and through composer George Antheil’s score led to a widespread avidity for fourth-dimension theorizing across the arts. While its basis in mysticism is well documented, the fourth dimension is here understood as another of those anticipatory shivers as artists aspired to achieve an unparalleled intensity in their art, ranging from collage to cinematic montage. The fourth dimension was a psychotropic nomenclature manifesting what German romantic theory identified as the “sublime impudence” of modern art as such.

Keywords:   Dudley Murphy, Ballet mécanique, George Antheil, fourth dimension, collage, montage

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