Future Cinema

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


1. Jeff Hull in the VICE article claims that “anything” can be a game. How does his definition intersect or differ with Anthropy’s definition (”games have rules”)?
2. Kim et al say, “as usual, digital games are on the forefront of this technology use, creating and shaping various attempts to use new media in pursuit of [...]

Thoughts and Questions for ‘The Institute.’

Hello Everyone,
I found last night’s film really interesting, not only in an entertaining sense, but also due to the larger questions it raises that intersect between everyday existence, meaning, and community.
1. I found myself questioning why someone might engage for years with the Jejune Institute, and a couple commentaries came to mind.  Immanuel Kant once [...]

Sarah’s Questions from the ARG Readings:

Authors of Storytelling in New Media: the Case of Alternate Reality Games state that “gamer self-reports reveal that they get more exercise” and “score more extroverted” on personality measures. What were the age groups that participated in the report? How were these studies conducted to minimize bias? While I do appreciate their effort in trying [...]

ARG Questions

1. The ARG #NOFILTER is a great example of how ARGs can function satirically — not an alternate reality so much as an amplified one, weaving in a supernatural narrative but mostly concerned with pointing out the absurdity of contemporary online habits. How else might ARGs and “gamification” in general be used as a [...]

A collection from the previous weeks:

A collection from the previous weeks:
Class 2+ 3: Jaron Lanier’s book: Dawn of Everything:
Q1: After attending Fivars Festival and reading Jaron’s book, I’m comparing the technology that he shared in the book and the current technology and noticing the difference in the technical level. What are the criteria for commercializing a certain product?
Q2: “those few [...]

4 Questions – Jagoda continued, ARGs

Hi all,
What a wild and crazy world ARGs turned out to be! Looking forward to talking about the Jejune Institute and linking some of these ideas to cinema.
1. As I’ve fought with the word “immersion” through this whole semester, very much trying to resist the siren call of the Myth of Total Immersion, ARGs [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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