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Course Site for Future Cinema 1 (and sometimes Future Cinema 2: Applied Theory) at York University, Canada

Bachelard, Manovich, and the Poetics of Space (Augmented or Otherwise)

Hello everyone—here is a brief summary and attempted synthesis of the Bachelard and Manovich readings, with a few questions for discussion at the end. Looking forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts and impressions in class! – Seb

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Tue, October 10 2017 » Manovich, augmented reality, seminar summaries » No Comments

Summary: N. Kathryn Hayles, Timely Art: Hybridity in New Cinema and Electronic Poetry”

By Aly Edwards
Cinema and literature have a history of co-habitation, evidence of this is found in the multitude of adaptions, translations and transformations from literature to film and vice versa. The digital computer provides a platform for the two mediums to commingle, transforming literary and cinematic practices.

Hayles expresses the uncertainty in categorizing this practice into [...]

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Tue, October 20 2015 » seminar summaries » No Comments

Oral Presentation Summary – Week 3: Virtual reality (Sarah Stang)

Here is the written summary for my presentation on Kac’s article. I’ve provided links to some of the holographic art (they were difficult to find, but I managed to hunt down a few). Questions are at the end.
Eduardo Kac – Beyond the Spatial Paradigm: Time and Cinematic Form in Holographic Art (1995)
-At the time of [...]

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Mon, September 28 2015 » Future Cinema 2, assignments, seminar summaries, virtual reality » No Comments

Moving in Place: The Question of Distributed Social Cinema
Documentation of Exhibit:
Event Images:
Press release for exhibit
Moving in Place: The Question of Distributed Social Cinema is an exchange between the director/producer of SPECFLIC, Adriene Jenik, and associate professor at The SIUC College of Mass Communication & Media Arts, Sarah Lewison. Artist Adriene Jenik considers herself a telecommunications [...]

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Mon, October 26 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, assignments, seminar summaries » No Comments

Protected: “The Secret of Augmented Spaces: Yellow Arrow.” Seminar Summary, Helen Papagiannis

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Mon, February 4 2008 » Future Cinema 2, augmented reality, cell phone, community, digital storytelling, emerging technologies, mobility, narrative, seminar summaries » Enter your password to view comments

Summary of First-Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game–Chapter 1, “Cyberdrama”

First-Person Website
This chapter on Cyberdrama contains three pieces, all concerned not only with how interactive experiences can be presented as narratives, but also with developing theoretical approaches to these new interactive narrative experiences. Janet Murray and Ken Perlin both examine the complexities and potential approaches to creating and interacting with “cyberdrama,” while Michael Mateas [...]

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Thu, February 8 2007 » seminar summaries » No Comments

Michel Chaouli: How Interactive Can Fiction Be?

Last week’s reading by Lev Manovich presented a dichotomy between the form of the database and that of the narrative. In his words, “many new media object do not tell stories; they don’t have beginning or end…’ (Manovich, 1). It is in this context, one in which we presume the supremacy of the database [...]

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Thu, January 25 2007 » narrative, seminar summaries » No Comments

Assignment #3 – Carolyn Steele

Lev Manovich – Database as Symbolic Form
Taking perhaps the concept of technological determinism to its logical evolution in the digital age, Manovich explores the database as the dominant cultural or symbolic form of postmodernism in contrast with the linearity of the modernist era suggested by Panofsky. Manovich uses the term ‘database’ in the basic sense [...]

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Thu, January 18 2007 » Future Cinema, database, seminar summaries » No Comments