Julia Wuggenig

Panel 5E: Cinematic Transcodifications/3
Session 5 – July 3, 11:00 – 13:00

Intermediality: Film vs. Painting

The films which will be discussed in my presentation involve a synthesis of cinema and art and furthermore a synthesis of cinema and museum and will be looked at against a background of the present debate on intermediality. Furthermore, it will be examined in which measure the films could enter into already well established art forms, like installations or the museum in general. As a result, we can put into question, whether through the films The Mill and the Cross and Shirley – Visions of Reality a new genre has been born, as both films are referring back to previous paintings and therefore are also represented in a museum context. While Shirley-Visions of Reality has been transformed into an exhibition, The Mill and the Cross has been transformed into a piece of art: it has been integrated into an installation, which was presented in several museums. Passion, as the third sample film is also interesting from a perspective of intermediality, as there is a gap of nineteen or twenty one years, respectively, between Passion and the two more recent sample films. It can thus be seen as the starting point for films dealing with similarities between film and painting. Through the concept of intermediality, it will be possible to show that there is an interrelation between the two. The semiotics of the film shall help to demonstrate in which way the possibilities of representation in the film differ from the two-dimensional ones in the latter.

This presentation aims at showing the intermedial properties of the respective films, which value they have in contemporary art, and which value they might have for contemporary art in the future.


Julia Wuggenig studied History of Art and French at the University of Stuttgart from 2004-2011. Her final thesis was accomplished in History of Art with specialization in Film with the title Fantasia – Correspondences between Music and Image. One year later, in 2012, she enrolled for a PhD at the Institute of History of Art at the University of Stuttgart. The topic of her PhD was Intermediality and the Future of Film as a link between Cinema and Museum. In 2013 she enrolled again at the University of Stuttgart for further studies of English literature. During these literary studies, she specialized in intertextuality, as for example the relation between Shelley’s Frankenstein and Milton’s Paradise Lost or Paul Auster’s City of Glass and Don Quijote by Cervantes, to name but a few. In 2018 she completed both her PhD and her studies of English literature. Her final thesis of English literature was Intertexts in City of Glass as a way to Represent Ambiguity and Fragmentation of Meaning in Human Language – A Comparison between the Novel and the Graphic Novel.