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Inventing cinema : machines, gestures and media history

Author: Benoît Turquety
Publisher: Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, [2019]
Series: Cinema and technology
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With machines mediating most of our cultural practices, and innovations, obsolescence and revivals constantly transforming our relation with images and sounds, media feel more unstable than ever. But was there ever a "stable" moment in media history? Inventing Cinema proposes to approach this question through an archaeology and an epistemology of media machines. The archaeology analyses them as archives of users'  Read more...
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Turquety, Benoît.
Inventing Cinema : Machines, Gestures and Media History.
Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Benoît Turquety
ISBN: 9789048550463 9048550467
OCLC Number: 1122910695
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction: The Problems of Digital Cinema; 1. The Why and How of Machines; 2. Invention, Innovation, History; 3. The Invention of the Problem; 4. The Invention of the Cinématographe; 5. 'Natural Colour Kinematography', a New Cinema Invention: Kinemacolor, Technical Network and Commercial Policies; 6. Epilogue; Bibliography; Index
Series Title: Cinema and technology
Other Titles: Inventer le cinéma.
Responsibility: Benoît Turquety ; translated by Timothy Barnard.
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With machines mediating most of our cultural practices, and innovations, obsolescence and revivals constantly transforming our relation with images and sounds, media feel more unstable than ever. But was there ever a "stable" moment in media history? Inventing Cinema proposes to approach this question through an archaeology and an epistemology of media machines. The archaeology analyses them as archives of users' gestures, as well as of modes of perception. The epistemology reconstructs the problems that the machines' designers and users have strived to solve, and the network of concepts they have elaborated to understand these problems. Drawing on the philosophy of technology and anthropology, Inventing Cinema argues that networks of gestures, problems, perception and concepts are inscribed in vision machines, from the camera obscura to the stereoscope, the Cinématographe, and digital cinema. The invention of cinema is ultimately seen as an ongoing process irreducible to a single moment in history.

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