Dialectical Modes of Nature in Terrence Malick’s ‘The Thin Red Line’

by Tyson Wils Introduction In Alfred Schmidt’s The Concept of Nature in Marx it is argued that dialectical materialism introduced a ‘completely new understanding of man’s [sic] relation to nature (and) went far beyond all the bourgeois theories of nature presented by the Enlightenment’.[1] Essentially this new understanding showed that nature is real but also […]

Her green materials: Mourning, ‘Melancholia’, and not-so-vital materialisms

by Catherine Lord Introduction: Slow greens, impending greys ‘I’m trudging through a grey woolly yarn. It’s clinging to my legs. It’s really heavy to drag along’, says Justine (Kirsten Dunst) to her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourgh). Draped like a corpse in the whiteness of her wedding dress, Justine is immobile in a state of acute […]

Scalar entanglement in digital media ecologies

by Sy Taffel Introduction Media ecology presents an emergent, non-representational approach towards the study of media systems. This article seeks to extend the theoretical underpinnings of media ecology by introducing the concept of scale – or more precisely scalar entanglement – as a way by which media ecology can usefully engage with a range of […]

Greenface: Exploring green skin in contemporary Hollywood cinema

by Brady Hammond In the natural world human skin color has a limited range of pigments varying from dark brown to light pink. Still, even this small spectrum has been enough to fuel countless histories of prejudice where skin color has provided the justification for hate and violence. In the Western world where whiteness is […]

Disharmonious designs: Colour contrast and curiosity in Jane Campion’s ‘In the Cut’

by Liz Watkins An analysis of colour in Jane Campion’s In the Cut (2003) finds that the juxtaposition of red with its complementary colour green maps the visual connections and intercommunications of the female protagonist Frannie Avery and her sister Pauline. The chromatic schema of In the Cut juxtaposes red and green hues in a […]

A filmic exploration by means of botanical imagery: Notes on Rose Lowder

by Enrico Camporesi I’d never been on a farm and am not even sure which are begonias, dahlias, or petunias. Plants, like algebra, have a habit of looking alike and being different, or looking different and being alike; consequently mathematics and botany confuse me. – Elenore Smith Bowen When looking at what can be considered […]

Painting the town green: From urban teleology to urban ecology in New York cinema, 1960-present

by Brady Fletcher & Cortland Rankin New York City is perhaps the most iconic manifestation of urbanity in the 20th century. While the Manhattan skyline dominates the New York imaginary American cinema has also consistently qualified and complicated this architecturally-determined perspective by re-imagining the city in ecological terms. Over the past half-century many films set […]

‘Global warming is not a crisis!’: Studying climate change skepticism on the Web

by Sabine Niederer   Introducing the skeptics, or ‘Global warming is not a crisis!’ This article makes a contribution to the study of the climate controversy by using Web data to research the status of skepticism within the climate debate. In March 2008 the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based libertarian public policy think-tank, organised the first international […]

Greening media studies: An interview with Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller

by Jaap Kooijman Not often does reading an academic book make you feel uncomfortable, pushing you out of your comfort zone as a scholar and consumer. Greening the Media (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012) by Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller is such a book – an ‘inconvenient truth’ that forces one to realise that […]

Screen industries in East-Central Europe: Cultural policies and political culture (22-25 November 2012, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

Credit must be given to the academics that created NECS less than a decade ago. After the organization’s first conference in Vienna in 2007 European film scholars finally had an annual venue where new acquaintances could be made and networks cultivated. This process has even facilitated new annual events, most often on a specific subject […]

Playing with digital byproduct data: An indicative example

It is fairly common knowledge that all sorts of everyday interactions and engagements with media are captured as byproduct data.[1] It is probably also fairly well-known that such data is routinely harvested by capitalist organisations which then use it in an attempt to predict things about us.[2] However, the ways in which this byproduct data […]

Discovering repetition

Exhibition: Edvard Munch: The modern eye, Tate Modern, London (28 June 2012-14 October 2012) Catalogue: Edvard Munch: The modern eye, edited by Angela Lampe and Clément Chéroux (London: Tate, 2012) What makes this picture successful everywhere whether it is a canvas or a print? – Edvard Munch, 1933 Apparently, in the work of the Norwegian […]

Indigenous film festival as eco-testimonial encounter: The 2011 Native Film + Video Festival

In struggles for political and cultural recognition many Indigenous groups employ visual media to make their concerns heard. Amongst these various channels for media activism are Indigenous film festivals which, in the words of festival coordinator Amalia Cόrdova, work to convey ‘a sense of solidarity with Indigenous struggles’.[1] Cόrdova’s essay on Indigenous film festivals appears […]

From Chernobyl to Fukushima: The Uranium Film Festival

The Uranium Film Festival (UFF), the world’s only film festival focused on ‘the whole nuclear fuel chain’, is entering its third year in Rio de Janeiro. The organisers Marcia Gomes de Oliveira (Executive Director) and Norbert G. Suchanek (General Director) of the arts and education non-profit Yellow Archives began the festival with the mission of […]

Go east by southeast: 13th Festival of Central and Eastern European Film Wiesbaden

The Festival of Central and Eastern European Film Wiesbaden,[1] also known as ‘goEast’, is a key event on the German film festival calendar. This is perhaps in no small part due to the fact that the festival is organised by the Deutsches Filminstitut, also because it enjoys a dedicated following among enthusiasts of the larger, […]