Technology and Culture: The Film Reader brings together key theoretical texts from more than a century of writing on film and technology. It begins by exploring the intertwined technologies of cinematic representation, reproduction, distribution and reception, before locating the technological history of cinema as one component of an increasingly complex technological culture.
The selected articles encompass a range of disciplines, perspectives and methodologies, reflecting the multiplicity of contemporary approaches to technology. They are grouped into four thematic sections, each with an introduction by the editor.
Origins and Evolution - examines the lineage of cinema's machines, while challenging the received notion that cinema began with a discrete moment of invention
Definitions and Determinism - redefines technology, moving beyond an isolated description of cinema's physical tools to consider the forces that play a part in shaping their form and function
Projections and Aesthetics - analyzes the exchange between cinematic and other technologies, in terms of cinema's capacity to reflect on and negotiate technologies other than its own
Contexts and Consequences - situates the technologies of cinema within a broader framework, charting their engagement with the spheres of discourse at work within society
Andrew Utterson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Canterbury Christ Church University College, UK, where he is director of the degree in Digital Culture, Arts and Media. He has published on film theory, digital theory, and on the intersection of these fields.
Part 1: Origins and Evolution 1 Past, Present, and Future 2 The Myth of Total Cinema 3 Cinema and Digital Media Part 2: Visions and Manifestos 4 The Futurist Cinema 5 Kinoks: A Revolution 6 The Cinema of the Future 7 Dogme 95: The Vow of Chastity Part 3: Politics and Ideologies 8 The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction 9 Machines of the Visible 10 Pirates of the New World Image Orders Part 4: Identities and Interfaces 11 The Pleasure of the Interface 12 The Scene of the Screen: Envisioning Cinematic and Electronic 'Presence' 13 The Cyberstar: Digital Pleasures and the End of the Unconscious