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

Final Project: “What Matter Who’s Speaking?”

Posted on | February 15, 2007 | No Comments

My final project will be a companion piece to my MRP and will explore issues of authorship and discourse. It was great to listen to everyone’s presentations and suggestions last week. It really got me thinking and I feel much more clarity about what I want to do with my project. In my MRP, I address a series of questions raised by Foucault at the end of his paper “What is an Author?” in the context of Firefly/Serenity fandom, corporate control and traditional notions of the author. The title of my Future Cinemas project is the final question raised by Foucault. This project will be an attempt to deal with this final question (and hopefully help me fully conceptualize my response to it in my MRP). I want to start with 3 or 4 different “authors.” Clicking on each one will lead to a quote, clip, image, sound, etc. From there, more clicks will lead to more content. However, as you get deeper into the project, the source of the material or the connection of the material to the author becomes more abstract and random. The project would begin with more restrictions and then open up as you progress through it. The idea is that by the end, you really feel that the more voices you hear, the more diluted the idea of authorship becomes: “What matter who’s speaking?” I’m thinking that Korsakow might actually work with this project because you can get a few different things going at once and you can control the level of randomness for each click (I have yet to try it out, so I’m not totally sure it will work). Failing that, I might try to get my hands on a new version of director. If anyone has any other suggestions, I’d love to hear them.


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