The Virtual Life of Film

  • Filename: the-virtual-life-of-film.
  • ISBN: 0674026683
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 193
  • Author: David Norman Rodowick
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

As almost every aspect of making and viewing movies is replaced by digital technologies, even the notion of "watching a film" is fast becoming an anachronism. With the likely disappearance of celluloid film stock as a medium, and the emergence of new media, what will happen to cinema--and to cinema studies? In the first of two books exploring this question, Rodowick considers the fate of film and its role in the aesthetics and culture of the twenty-first century.

The Virtual Life of Film

  • Filename: the-virtual-life-of-film.
  • ISBN: 0674026985
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 207
  • Author: D. N. Rodowick
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

As almost every aspect of making and viewing movies is replaced by digital technologies, even the notion of "watching a film" is fast becoming an anachronism. With the likely disappearance of celluloid film stock as a medium, and the emergence of new media, what will happen to cinema--and to cinema studies? In the first of two books exploring this question, Rodowick considers the fate of film and its role in the aesthetics and culture of the twenty-first century.

Elegy for Theory

  • Filename: elegy-for-theory.
  • ISBN: 9780674726086
  • Release Date: 2014-01-06
  • Number of pages: 298
  • Author: D. N. Rodowick
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

Rhetorically charged debates over theory have divided scholars of the humanities for decades. In Elegy for Theory, D. N. Rodowick steps back from well-rehearsed arguments pro and con to assess why theory has become such a deeply contested concept. Far from lobbying for a return to the "high theory" of the 1970s and 1980s, he calls for a vigorous dialogue on what should constitute a new, ethically inflected philosophy of the humanities. Rodowick develops an ambitiously cross-disciplinary critique of theory as an academic discourse, tracing its historical displacements from ancient concepts of theoria through late modern concepts of the aesthetic and into the twentieth century. The genealogy of theory, he argues, is constituted by two main lines of descent--one that goes back to philosophy and the other rooted instead in the history of positivism and the rise of the empirical sciences. Giving literature, philosophy, and aesthetics their due, Rodowick asserts that the mid-twentieth-century rise of theory within the academy cannot be understood apart from the emergence of cinema and visual studies. To ask the question, "What is cinema?" is to also open up in new ways the broader question of what is art.

Cinema in the Digital Age

  • Filename: cinema-in-the-digital-age.
  • ISBN: 9780231501484
  • Release Date: 2012-08-07
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Nicholas Rombes
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press

"Does the digital era spell the death of cinema as we know it, or its rebirth? Or the emergence of something else entirely? Cinema in the Digital Age examines the fate of cinema in this new era, paying special attention not only to the technologies that are reshaping film, but to the cultural meaning of those technologies. Examining Festen (1998), The Blair Witch Project (1999), Timecode (2000), Russian Ark (2002), The Ring (2002) and others, this volume explores how such films are haunted by their own analogue pasts, and suggests that their signature element is not digital perfection but rather deliberate imperfections that take the form of blurry or pixilated images, shaky camera work and other elements that remind viewers that human beings made these films. Weaving together a rich variety of sources, Cinema in the Digital Age is a deeply humanistic look at the meaning of cinematic images in the era of digital perfection." -- Book cover.

Resisting the Virtual Life

  • Filename: resisting-the-virtual-life.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015031712550
  • Release Date: 1995-01-01
  • Number of pages: 278
  • Author: James Brook
  • Publisher: City Lights Books

A variety of contributors gauge the impact of the new video, computer, and networked communications on the ways of life in a restructured world, exposing relations of power and dependence and offering strategies of resistance.

Afterimages of Gilles Deleuze s Film Philosophy

  • Filename: afterimages-of-gilles-deleuze-s-film-philosophy.
  • ISBN: 9780816650064
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 396
  • Author: David Norman Rodowick
  • Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

The French philosopher Gilles Deleuze was one of the most innovative and revolutionary thinkers of the twentieth century. Author of more than twenty books on literature, music, and the visual arts, Deleuze published the first volume of his two-volume study of film, Cinema 1: The Movement-Image, in 1983 and the second volume, Cinema 2: The Time-Image, in 1985. Since their publication, these books have had a profound impact on the study of film and philosophy. Film, media, and cultural studies scholars still grapple today with how they can most productively incorporate Deleuze's thought. The first new collection of critical studies on Deleuze's cinema writings in nearly a decade, Afterimages of Gilles Deleuze's Film Philosophy provides original essays that evaluate the continuing significance of Deleuze's film theories, accounting systematically for the ways in which they have influenced the investigation of contemporary visual culture and offering new directions for research. Contributors: Raymond Bellour, Centre Nationale de Recherches Scientifiques; Ronald Bogue, U of Georgia; Giuliana Bruno, Harvard U; Ian Buchanan, Cardiff U; James K. Chandler, U of Chicago; Tom Conley, Harvard U; Amy Herzog, CUNY; András Bálint Kovács, Eötvös Loránd U; Patricia MacCormack, Anglia Ruskin U; Timothy Murray, Cornell U; Dorothea Olkowski, U of Colorado; John Rajchman, Columbia U; Marie-Claire Ropars-Wuilleumier, U Paris VIII; Garrett Stewart, U of Iowa; Damian Sutton, Glasgow School of Art; Melinda Szaloky, UC Santa Barbara.

Beyond the Multiplex

  • Filename: beyond-the-multiplex.
  • ISBN: 9780520939073
  • Release Date: 2006-03-13
  • Number of pages: 324
  • Author: Barbara Klinger
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

Since the mid-eighties, more audiences have been watching Hollywood movies at home than at movie theaters, yet little is known about just how viewers experience film outside of the multiplex. This is the first full-length study of how contemporary entertainment technologies and media—from cable television and VHS to DVD and the Internet—shape our encounters with the movies and affect the aesthetic, cultural, and ideological definitions of cinema. Barbara Klinger explores topics such as home theater, film collecting, classic Hollywood movie reruns, repeat viewings, and Internet film parodies, providing a multifaceted view of the presentation and reception of films in U.S. households. Balancing industry history with theoretical and cultural analysis, she finds that today cinema's powerful social presence cannot be fully grasped without considering its prolific recycling in post-theatrical venues—especially the home.

Framed Time

  • Filename: framed-time.
  • ISBN: 9780226774572
  • Release Date: 2008-09-15
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Garrett Stewart
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni claimed, three decades ago, that different conceptions of time helped define the split in film between European humanism and American science fiction. And as Garrett Stewart argues here, this transatlantic division has persisted since cinema’s 1995 centenary, made more complex by the digital technology that has detached movies from their dependence on the sequential frames of the celluloid strip. Brilliantly interpreting dozens of recent films—from Being John Malkovich, Donnie Darko, and The Sixth Sense to La mala educación and Caché —Stewart investigates how their treatments of time reflect the change in media from film’s original rolling reel to today’s digital pixel. He goes on to show—with 140 stills—how American and European narratives confront this shift differently: while Hollywood movies tend to revolve around ghostly afterlives, psychotic doubles, or violent time travel, their European counterparts more often feature second sight, erotic telepathy, or spectral memory. Stewart questions why these recent plots, in exploring temporality, gravitate toward either supernatural or uncanny apparitions rather than themes of digital simulation. In doing so, he provocatively continues the project he began with Between Film and Screen, breaking new ground in visual studies, cinema history, and media theory.

Virtual Intimacies

  • Filename: virtual-intimacies.
  • ISBN: 9781438448794
  • Release Date: 2013-12-01
  • Number of pages: 178
  • Author: Shaka McGlotten
  • Publisher: SUNY Press

This book uses prominent policy issues and major studies of welfare and job programs to bring to life crucial questions about how social science can best serve social policy.

This Virtual Life

  • Filename: this-virtual-life.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105110934069
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 275
  • Author: Andrew Evans
  • Publisher: Fusion Press

As the media becomes more sophisticated and lifelike, we spend more and moreime in front of television screens. Distinguished psychologist Andrew Evansxamines this warping of reality, and asks where such a path will lead us.;he 21st century presents serious challenges to us all. However, our childrenre growing up thinking the world can be saved by super-heroes, crashedlanes start again at the flick of a switch and people come back to life forhe next round. The author looks at the effects of this distortion of reality.aybe our need to escape the boredom and routine of every day life is beingxploited by the companies who make money by selling us fantasy andimulation. From humour and comedy, to science fiction and computer games,vans examines the variety of distractions available to take our minds offhe daily grind. But how does this new media affect today's children? Whatill be their future tomorrow? And have we become so reliant on escapistantasy that reality can no longer be faced?

The Secret Life of Puppets

  • Filename: the-secret-life-of-puppets.
  • ISBN: 0674041410
  • Release Date: 2009-06-01
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Victoria Nelson
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

In one of those rare books that allows us to see the world not as we've never seen it before, but as we see it daily without knowing, Victoria Nelson illuminates the deep but hidden attraction the supernatural still holds for a secular mainstream culture that forced the transcendental underground and firmly displaced wonder and awe with the forces of reason, materialism, and science. In a backward look at an era now drawing to a close, "The Secret Life of Puppets" describes a curious reversal in the roles of art and religion: where art and literature once took their content from religion, we came increasingly to seek religion, covertly, through art and entertainment. In a tour of Western culture that is at once exhilarating and alarming, Nelson shows us the distorted forms in which the spiritual resurfaced in high art but also, strikingly, in the mass culture of puppets, horror-fantasy literature, and cyborgs: from the works of Kleist, Poe, Musil, and Lovecraft to Philip K. Dick and virtual reality simulations. At the end of the millennium, discarding a convention of the demonized grotesque that endured three hundred years, a Demiurgic consciousness shaped in Late Antiquity is emerging anew to re-divinize the human as artists like Lars von Trier and Will Self reinvent Expressionism in forms familiar to our pre-Reformation ancestors. Here as never before, we see how pervasively but unwittingly, consuming art forms of the fantastic, we allow ourselves to believe.

Death 24x a Second

  • Filename: death-24x-a-second.
  • ISBN: 1861892632
  • Release Date: 2006-03-01
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Author: Laura Mulvey
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books

In Death 24 x a Second, Laura Mulvey addresses some of the key questions of film theory, spectatorship and narrative. New media technologies, such as video and DVD, have transformed the way we experience film, and the viewers’ relationship to film image and cinema’s narrative structure has also been fundamentally altered. These technologies give viewers the means to control both image and story, so that films produced to be seen collectively and followed in a linear fashion may be found to contain unexpected (even unintended) pleasures. The tension between the still frame and the moving image coincides with the cinema’s capacity to capture the appearance of life and preserve it after death. Mulvey proposes that with the arrival of new technologies and new ways of experiencing the cinematic image, film’s hidden stillness comes to the fore, thereby acquiring a new accessibility and visibility. The individual frame, the projected film’s best-kept secret, can now be revealed, by anyone, at the simple touch of a button. As Mulvey argues, easy access to repetition, slow motion and the freeze-frame may well shift the spectator’s pleasure to a fetishistic rather than a voyeuristic investment in the cinematic object. The manipulation of the cinematic image by the viewer also makes visible cinema’s material and aesthetic attributes. By exploring how new technologies can give new life to ‘old’ cinema, Death 24 x a Secondoffers an original re-evaluation of film’s history and also its historical usefulness.

Animating Film Theory

  • Filename: animating-film-theory.
  • ISBN: 082235652X
  • Release Date: 2014-03-21
  • Number of pages: 369
  • Author: Karen Beckman
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Animating Film Theory provides an enriched understanding of the relationship between two of the most unwieldy and unstable organizing concepts in cinema and media studies: animation and film theory. For the most part, animation has been excluded from the purview of film theory. The contributors to this collection consider the reasons for this marginalization while also bringing attention to key historical contributions across a wide range of animation practices, geographic and linguistic terrains, and historical periods. They delve deep into questions of how animation might best be understood, as well as how it relates to concepts such as the still, the moving image, the frame, animism, and utopia. The contributors take on the kinds of theoretical questions that have remained underexplored because, as Karen Beckman argues, scholars of cinema and media studies have allowed themselves to be constrained by too narrow a sense of what cinema is. This collection reanimates and expands film studies by taking the concept of animation seriously. Contributors. Karen Beckman, Suzanne Buchan, Scott Bukatman, Alan Cholodenko, Yuriko Furuhata, Alexander R. Galloway, Oliver Gaycken, Bishnupriya Ghosh, Tom Gunning, Andrew R. Johnston, Hervé Joubert-Laurencin, Gertrud Koch, Thomas LaMarre, Christopher P. Lehman, Esther Leslie, John MacKay, Mihaela Mihailova, Marc Steinberg, Tess Takahashi

Reading the Figural Or Philosophy After the New Media

  • Filename: reading-the-figural-or-philosophy-after-the-new-media.
  • ISBN: 0822327228
  • Release Date: 2001-09-11
  • Number of pages: 276
  • Author: David Rodowick
  • Publisher: Duke University Press

DIVTheorizes the concept of the figural as a way to get beyond the long held aesthetic distinction between plastic and linguistic arts, a distinction that will not work for film and new media./div

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