“Paul Revere”

The film is an adaptation from two sources: Kinesics and Context by Ray L. Birdwhistell, and Choreomania, a performance by Joan Jonas.

Off-camera narration determines actions, (some direction given by cameraman)

narration off-camera

THE FILM YOU ARE VIEWING will demonstrate, with your attention and cooperation, aspects of an operative process in communication. A simple two-message system will be employed: The informational model of Paul Revere’s signaling light tower will be the example, that is a lone light signaling that the British are coming by land △ two lights conveying the warning that they are coming by sea. △ This is a clear clean informational model. To modify this into a communicational model requires the recognition that as soon as there is a body of communicants united by the knowledge that one light means “by land” △ and two means “by sea” △ the communication is in operation.

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