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FILM ESSAY: After the death of film – writing the natural world in the digital age

After the eath of Film: Writing the natural world in the digital age


Tess Takahashi

This essay argues that the North American cinematic avant-garde’s interest in celluloid film’s materiality goes to the heart of our culture’s current anxiety about the digital ability to seamlessly transcode, endlessly reproduce and recklessly disseminate images of all stripes. It traces the ways in which celluloid film’s capacity for registering the marks made by the artist’s hand, natural elements and accidents function as writing in the work of filmmakers Greta Snider, David Gatten, Lynn Kirby among others.

January 11, 2009 - Posted by | film analysis, film directors, film editing, film theory, film [its techniques] |

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