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Jagoda Questions and Links to Coverage on Derren Brown

1. In chapter one, Jagoda cites Jean-François Lyotard (my Frankenstein dinner guest) in a passage citing his view that dominant notions of modern art seek to “present the fact that the unpresentable exists,” and also mentions Joseph Tabbi’s claim of a shift from a theological/artistic order to one dominated by increasingly unknowable technological and corporate [...]

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Sat, November 17 2018 » Future Cinema » No Comments

Jagoda Q’s

1. Jagoda analyzes numerous linear narratives that frame networks. Here, he claims that most 20th century literature, especially in sci-fi, created “dystopian” visions of networks. Are there any examples of narratives in this period that frame networks in a positive light? Are there any futuristic texts that look forward to the future, rather than dread [...]

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Thu, November 15 2018 » Future Cinema » No Comments

Questions on Jagoda + Brakhage

1. Jagoda points to network aesthetics as having the potential of invoking the sublime. This reminded me of our conversation about No Man’s Sky, and the feeling of awe inspired both by scenery and the AI. Has anyone had any other experiences of the technological sublime?
2. Did anyone develop a working definition of “network” while [...]

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Wed, November 14 2018 » Future Cinema » No Comments

Network Aesthetics & Brakhage

Jagoda makes the distinction between the human and nonhuman dimensions of networks. What constitutes this nonhuman side of network? Is it even possible to have a purely nonhuman dimension of network? Could you please elaborate on this dichotomy?
I do not see the importance of recognizing such films as a distinct genre or subgenre, but fiction [...]

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Wed, November 14 2018 » Future Cinema » No Comments

“Network Aesthetics” Questions

Hello everyone. Excited for our class this evening. Wanted to briefly touch on a few questions I had when I found myself reading through as much of Jagoda’s Network Aestheticsas I could. I found it to be a bit of a dense read, and one filled with numerous examples that I had minimal experience with previously.
1.)  Jagoda [...]

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Wed, November 14 2018 » Future Cinema » No Comments

Brakhage, Anthropy & Jagoda – So many things!

Hi all!
I’m late on last week’s questions, but on time for this week!
First, Brakhage:
What a screening last week…! Such a combination of interesting, arresting, tedious, trying, upsetting, beautiful, thought-provoking and more. The silence; the sitting in a blackbox rather than able to move around in a gallery; and the strobing quality of colours… I went [...]

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Wed, November 14 2018 » Future Cinema » No Comments

Jagoda – Network Aesthetics Questions

Hi All – here are some thoughts I had while reading.
1. The formation of gestalt aesthetics are mentioned frequently in the section that focused upon maximalist novels, in which nodes of the network do not see the whole picture, but act as process and information relays for the entirety. Jagoda later references Deleuze’s concept of “societies [...]

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Wed, November 14 2018 » Future Cinema » No Comments

4 questions Patrick Jagoda – Network Aesthetics

A lot to talk about in this book! Some questions I’m working through.
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After being defeated by Deep Blue, Gary Kasparov, former World Chess Champion, played a far lesser known game, now known as Kasparov Versus the World (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasparov_versus_the_World), in which Kasparov played a crowd-sourced team comprised of the world, via the Internet. This is in [...]

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Tue, November 13 2018 » Future Cinema, Future Cinema 2, McLuhan, distributed networks, surveillance » No Comments

Dun Dun Dun…

First smart glasses retail store!
https://venturebeat.com/2018/11/13/north-formerly-thalmic-labs-opens-its-first-focals-smart-glasses-retail-stores/

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Tue, November 13 2018 » Future Cinema » No Comments

More Anthropy Questions

Hi all,
Had a great time at Brakhage last night. Was really eye opening, as it was the first time I’d seen his films. What a unique experience.
1. Anthropy’s analysis of game distribution raises many interesting issues. How do economics influence the creative aspects of games and their reception? Do the economics of games deserve more [...]

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Thu, November 8 2018 » Future Cinema » No Comments