Editorial NECSUS

For the Autumn 2018 issue of NECSUS we have again compiled dynamic visual material and scholarly texts, including contributions that expand current research themes and explore new forms. The special section in this issue covers the topic #Mapping, guest edited by Giorgio Avezzù, Teresa Castro, and Giuseppe Fidotta. The authors who have been selected to […]

Plus ultra: Coloniality and the mapping of American natureculture in the empire of Philip II

by Adam Wickberg Introduction By 1570 the Spanish empire under the reign of King Philip II had already ruled the part of Central America known as New Spain for half a century. The famous conquistadors like Hernán Cortés and Christopher Columbus were dead and gone, but stories of their great fortune were very much alive […]

Earth networks: ‘The Human Surge’ and cognitive mapping

by Tiago de Luca In this article[1] I want to explore the way in which the global can be imagined in the cinema by taking up the concept of cognitive mapping as proposed by Marxist cultural theorist Fredric Jameson. I argue that the totalising remit of the concept offers an especially productive avenue through which […]

Embodied cartographies of the unscene: A feminist approach to (geo)visualising film and television production

by Laura Sharp [T]he frame refers to what is around the frame – a spatially and temporally contiguous ‘unseen’ that may, in its turn, subsequently enter the frame and so become actualized as a seen/scene… The essential thing about film, then, is not the framed image, but that which comes between the frames: the cut.[1]  […]

Digital maps and fan discourse: Moving between heuristics and interpretation

by Marta Boni It has already been established that maps, studied as a form of knowledge, share certain attributes with moving images. Both have the function to make visible elements of real, or imaginary, landscapes, but also to offer a multitude of possible paths, as well as multiple ways of existing in space and, sometimes, […]

The mapping of ‘500 Days of Summer’: A processual approach to cinematic cartography

by Chris Lukinbeal Introduction Film, media, and visual culture’s spatial turn has kindled interest in the relationship between cartography and cinema. This growing body of literature has emphasised the similarities between the mediums as well as how cartography and cinema may be productively combined. Castro describes this as cinema’s ‘mapping impulse’, while Bruno calls cinema […]

Making the map speak: Indigenous animated cartographies as contrapuntal spatial representations

by Lola Remy ‘That’s what we’re gonna use… their own medicine.’ – Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell, You Are on Indian Land (1969) Introduction: Maps as (colonial) power With the discovery of the so-called ‘New World’ and the exploration of its lands by European nations, mapping became the ideal tool for comprehending and mastering the unknown territories […]

Media mapping and oil extraction: A Louisiana story

by Janet Walker Introduction  Dead trees with leafless branches grey against the sky, flooded roads, houses raised up on stilts: such are the marks of coastal communities in peril in this time of environmental volatility and degradation. Chief Albert Naquin states in the 2015 documentary Can’t Stop the Water that ‘[t]he small Indian community of […]

The playfulness of Ingmar Bergman: Screenwriting from notebooks to screenplays

by Anna Sofia Rossholm The voice: You said you wanted to ‘play and fantasise’. Bergman: We can always try. The voice: That’s what you said: play and fantasise. Bergman: Sounds good. You don’t exist, yet you do. The voice: If this venture is going to make sense, you have to describe me. In detail actually. […]

Early cinema, Sergei Eisenstein, and film culture today: An interview with Ian Christie on new directions in film history

by Malte Hagener and Annie van den Oever  Martin Scorsese and production design, early British cinema and Sergei Eisenstein, the Archers and contemporary European film culture – Ian Christie is as versatile as he is prolific. We caught up with Ian between a visit to the Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, teaching at Birkbeck, […]

Evidentiary aesthetics: Landscapes of violence at RIDM 2017

‘Space … is a product of relations-between, relations which are necessarily embedded material practices which have to be carried out.’ – Doreen Massey[1] Founded in 1998 by a group of Québécois documentary filmmakers, the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) has become one of Canada’s most established documentary film festivals. Since its inception, the […]

Handmade films and artist-run labs: The chemical sites of film’s counterculture

by Rossella Catanese and Jussi Parikka Introduction: Counterpractices in artist-run film labs It is safe to say that much of the contemporary artistic practice with moving images is concerned with materiality and technique. This interest can be seen in the practices and methods involving building and dismantling machines and devices, working with the chemistry of […]

Border crossings: Serial figures and the evolution of media

by Shane Denson and Ruth Mayer translated by Abigail Fagan[1] Media’s influence on narrative form and subject matter is never fully transparent, but its impact manifests especially in cases of serial narration and particularly in the production of what we call ‘serial figures’. In these contexts, media do not just serve as narrative platforms, but […]

Form and feeling: Kinaesthetic Knowing / Artificial Darkness

Formalism, as a term in the criticism of visual art, might be defined thus: as the conviction that forms contain their own syntax which acts on the spectator more or less directly. Further, the formalist maintains that experience of form is aesthetic experience; its effect is something called aesthetic emotion. And its opposite is not […]

(Re)imagining African Independence

In 2015, the former Portuguese colonies of Angola, Mozambique, Sao Tomé and Principe commemorated the 40th anniversary of their independence. In reality, the end of the Portuguese empire in the 1970s was as abrupt as its history had been exceptional in relation to the rest of the 20th century colonies: the length of the Portuguese […]