AFTER THE DEATH OF FILM: WRITING THE NATURAL WORLD IN THE DIGITAL AGE – Takahashi, Tess

AFTER THE DEATH OF FILM: WRITING THE NATURAL WORLD IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Takahashi, Tess
Visible Language; 2008; 42, 1; Art, Design & Architecture Collection
pg. 44

The current cinematic avant-garde’s interest in celluloid’s materiality goes to the heart of out culture’s anxiety about the digital ability to seamlessly transcode, endlessly reproduce and recklessly disseminate images of all stripes.  (45)

These concerns are encapsulated most clearly in a 2002 October roundtable, in which participants worried about the digital’s effect on the future of celluloid film in an already shaky postmodern avant-garde films tackling the question of film’s medium specificity. They also noted the proliferation of avant-garde film festivals in cities like New York, Toronto, Berlin, London, San Francisco, Chicago, .. and elsewhere. Likewise, experimental film programming has risen visibly in major museums like the Whitney, <MoMA, Tate Modern, Mass MoCA and the Walker. Observing that film’s material qualities were once again central to the cinematic avant-garde, the roundtable expressed concern that this interest in filmic specificity felt more old-garde than cutting edge. (46)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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