Future cinema: the cinematic
imaginary after film
Throughout the history of cinema, a radical avant-garde has existed on
the fringes of the film industry. A great deal of research has focused on the pre- and early history of cinema, but there
has been little speculation about a future cinema incorporating new electronic media. Electronic media have not only fundamentally
transformed cinema but have altered its role as a witness to reality by rendering "realities" not necessarily linked to documentation,
by engineering environments that incorporate audiences as participants, and by creating event-worlds that mix realities and
narratives in forms not possible in traditional cinema. This hybrid cinema melds montage, traditional cinema, experimental
literature, television, video, and the net. The new cinematic forms suggest that traditional cinema no longer has the capacity
to represent events that are themselves complex configurations of experience, interpretation, and interaction.
book, which accompanies an exhibition organized by the ZKM Institute for Visual Media, explores the history and significance
of pre-cinema and of early experimental cinema, as well as the development of the unique theaters in which "immersion" evolved.
Drawing on a broad range of scholarship, it examines the shift from monolithic Hollywood spectacles to works probing the possibilities
of interactive, performative, and net-based cinemas. The post-cinematic condition, the book shows, has long roots in artistic
practice and influences every channel of communication.
Authors: Jeffrey Shaw, Peter Weibel
Publisher: The MIT Press (November 1, 2003)