Future Cinema

Course Site for Future Cinema 1 and 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

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Thu, January 16 2014 » 1970s, 3D, Derrida, community, history, humour, hypermedia » 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

Game as Documentary?

This links to an article on a new game by Konami, that is set in the current Iraq war. There are mixed messages about this game, even from Konami itself, as the subject matter is so serious and current that it may be a taboo to make a game of it.

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Wed, April 8 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, digital storytelling, documentary, games, history, interactivity » No Comments

Thought I would share

I was thinking about how we perceive the world around us and ways to convey what we see to others and came across this:
Then I was thinking about how easy it is, when you are looking for something specific, to become blind to everything else and found this:

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Sat, March 22 2008 » Future Cinema 2, community, digital storytelling, history, humour, interactivity, narrative, surveillance » No Comments

Marker’s IMMEMORY….

“…electronic texture is the only one that can deal with sentiment, memory, and imagination.” – Chris Marker

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Tue, February 19 2008 » Derrida, Future Cinema 2, Manovich, database, digital cinema, digital storytelling, documentary, globalization, history, narrative » 1 Comment

Augmented Reality Home Pages – Introduction

An extremely technical look at Interactive Augmented Reality.
Augmented Reality Home Pages – Introduction

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Thu, January 31 2008 » augmented reality, history, interactivity » No Comments

Early Online Interactive Documentaries

I’m posting URL links to two well-known early online documentaries, made in Flash.
These were done before Flash could handle video streaming, so they’re made with photographs, texts, etc.
I remember looking at these 3 years ago, so they’re at least that old.
The first one, “Black Friday”, documents a terrible 1939 fire in Australia. It’s a cross [...]

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Fri, March 16 2007 » Flash, Future Cinema, digital storytelling, documentary, history, interactivity » 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

webstreaming of REFRESH!

These sessions represent the emergence of a new field…
Refresh! the 1st International Conference on the
Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology
” Recognizing the increasing significance of media art for our culture, this Conference on the Histories of Media Art will discuss for the first time the history of media art within the interdisciplinary [...]

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Fri, September 16 2005 » conferences, distributed networks, events, history » No Comments