Future Cinema

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

Thomas Elsaesser “The New Film History as Media Archaeology:


Media archeology: a theoretical approach to film history with an ambition to overcome the opposition between “old” and “new” media and other binaries which film theorists have invented for the (mis)understanding of film and film history.

In his article The New Film History as Media Archeology, Elsaesser calls for the embrace of an [...]

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Sun, October 18 2015 » archives, digital cinema, early cinema, emerging technologies, history » No Comments

Tom Gunning lectures this week

Please join us for two upcoming talks by film historian Tom Gunning presented by the Department of Cinema and Media Arts and the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture.
Flyers attached. Please feel free to circulate. Thanks!
The Peter Morris Memorial Lecture featuring Tom Gunning
Wednesday October 7 at 3pm-5-pm
Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade [...]

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Mon, October 5 2015 » digital cinema, early cinema, events » No Comments

a top 10 fim innovation list from today’s Globe and Mail

thought this was interesting. comments?
Liam Lacey
From Saturday’s Globe and Mail Published on Friday, Feb. 05, 2010 5:40PM EST Last updated on Saturday, Feb. 06, 2010 1:02AM EST
James Cameron’s science-fiction epic Avatar is not only the box-office record holder of all time and poised nicely for Oscar glory next month (with nine nominations). It has [...]

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Fri, February 12 2010 » articles of interest, early cinema » No Comments

Summary of Benjamin’s Work of Art Part

Walter Benjamin wrote as a political writer in the interwar period. He proposed that art as a whole had changed and was able to be used as an engine for political and social change. He felt that technologically produced art like photography and film had changed how people feel about art.
The “work [...]

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Tue, November 10 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, early cinema, history » 1 Comment

The Screen

In the chapter “The Screen” (from the book The Virtual Window) Anne Friedberg discusses how cinema theatres by their design promote the isolation of the spectator and the limited area off of which to reflect light. She suggests that the viewers are isolated because they are facing the image and side-by side in a [...]

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Sun, October 18 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, early cinema » No Comments

April 1st class

Hi everyone
just a reminder that if you haven’t already sent me a title and your equipment needs for next class, please do so ASAP. We don’t have a lot of time to showcase everyone’s work and i’d like to make smooth transitions between projects and even write up a tentative schedule. if you [...]

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Sat, March 29 2008 » Future Cinema 2, class admin, early cinema, events, projects, student work » No Comments

william boddy lecture

Hi everyone — here is info + the full title of next week’s talk. Everyone welcome, so do bring your firends. wine and cheese to follow.
March 23
Jewison Speaker Series
William Boddy — The History and Future of Digital Cinema
Nat Taylor Cinema

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Fri, March 16 2007 » digital cinema, early cinema, talks » No Comments

addictive tv 2 — eye of the pilot

this is a really lovely project.
‘Dans l’Oeil du Pilote’ ['The Eye of the Pilot'] is the live cinema performance project by UK audiovisual group Addictive TV featuring French guitarist Alejandro de Valera. Taking the form of an aerial travelogue, the project remixes the incredible 8mm colour archive of French airline pilot Raymond Lamy, filmed [...]

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Tue, February 20 2007 » early cinema, performance, remix/mashup, sound/music » No Comments

Experimental Cinema series at Ryerson

The Loop Collective & The Ryerson School of Image Arts present
THE LIGHTHOUSE SERIES: A Weekly Series Dedicated to Experimental Cinema
Thursday Evenings at 7:00 PM * FREE
School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, room 313
(122 Bond St. – west of Church Street and south of Gould Street)
Hurry! Hurry! (1957, 3min.), [...]

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Mon, February 5 2007 » early cinema, events » No Comments

Refresh in Toronto

REFRESH! Conference and Discussion on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology
Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 at the Banff Centre for the Arts
Live streaming at the Goethe-Institut Toronto
Discussion at the Goethe-Institut Toronto:
Wednesday, October 5, 2005, 7 pm
Professor Dieter Daniels of Leipzig, Germany
and new media artists and experts David Rokeby and Nina Czegledy
Goethe-Institut Toronto
163 King [...]

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Thu, September 29 2005 » Future Cinema, conferences, early cinema, events, history, talks » No Comments