Theory of Practice/Practice of Theory: Thinking Through Making, Coventry University

Organised by Dr Kamila Kuc and Dr Miriam de Rosa. Chaired by Dr Janneke Adema. Date: 15 March 2017 Venue: Coventry Transport Museum, Starley Suite.  Time: 10.00-16.00 Concept This symposium takes as its starting point Kamila Kuc’s latest book Visions of Avant-Garde Film: Polish Cinematic Experiments from Expressionism to Constructivism (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016), which argues for the […]

Videographic film studies and the analysis of camera movement

by Volker Pantenburg I. Albrecht Schäfer’s installation Swing (2008) is as simple as it is intriguing. In the catalogue its components are given as ‘video projector, DVD player, nylon thread, DVD, color, no sound’. The nylon thread (in the realised work more a robust steel cord) stands out in this list; as will become clear […]

Siegfried Kracauer’s affinities

by Thomas Elsaesser The five affinities…with photography? In Siegfried Kracauer’s Theory of Film, under the rubric of ‘general characteristics’ of the medium, there is a section called ‘Inherent Affinities’.[1] It follows two sections where Kracauer discusses the recording function and the revealing function – two of the vectors along which Kracauer conducts his theory of […]

AUP announces new book series

Amsterdam University Press is launching a new book series titled ‘Recursions: Theories of Media, Materiality and Cultural Techniques‘. This series will publish fresh, exciting, and important books in media theory. Topics include media archaeology, media philosophy, cultural techniques, and more. The editors of this series are Jussi Parikka, Anna Tuschling, and Geoffrey Winthrop-Young. Proposals for […]

The aesthetics of dispersed attention: An interview with German media theorist Petra Löffler

by Geert Lovink When I met Petra Löffler in the summer of 2012 in Weimar I was amazed to find out about her habilitation topic. She had just finished a study on the history of distraction from a German media theory perspective. After I read the manuscript (in German) we decided to do an email […]