Moving Images

Moving Images

From Edison to the Webcam
Edited by John Fullerton and Astrid Söderbergh Widding
Distribution: World
Publication date: 6/1/2000
Format: cloth 216 pages, b&w illus.
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-1-86462-054-2
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In 1888, Thomas Edison announced that he was experimenting on “an instrument which does for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear, which is the recording and reproduction of things in motion.” Just as Edison’s investigations were framed in terms of the known technologies of the phonograph and the microscope, the essays in this collection address the contexts of innovation and reception that have framed the development of moving images in the last 100 years. Three concerns are of particular interest: the contexts of innovation and reception for moving image technologies; the role of the observer, whose vision and cognitive processes define some of the limits of inquiry and epistemological insight; and the role of new media, which, engaging with the domestic sphere as cultural interface, are transforming our understanding of public and private spheres.

The 17 previously unpublished essays in Moving Images represent the best of current research in the history of this field. They make a timely and stimulating contribution to debates concerning the impact of new media on the history of cinema.

Contributors include: William Boddy, Carlos Bustamante, Warren Buckland, Valeria Camporesi, Bent Fausing, Oliver Gaycken, Alison Griffiths, Christopher Hales, Jan Holmberg, Solveig Jülich, Frank Kessler, Jay Moman, Sheila C. Murphy, Pelle Snickars, Paul C. Spehr, Björn Thuresson, and Åke Walldius.
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Author Bio

John Fullerton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies, Stockholm University, and has published widely on early Swedish film. With Jan Olsson, he is editor of the Stockholm Studies in Cinema series, and edited Celebrating 1895: The Centenary of Cinema for John Libbey in 1998. He has also recently co-edited Moving Images: From Edison to the Webcam the second publication in the Stockholm Studies in Cinema series.

Astrid Söderbergh Widding is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies, Stockholm University and is the author of a number of monographs on cinema. Her most recent book is Stumfilm I brytningstid: Stil och Berättande I Georg at Klerchers filmer.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Virtuality and the Ontology of the Digitalised Image
Part 2 Social and Cultural Implications of Cybervisuality
Part 3 Problematising the Prosthetic "Promise" of Optical Technologies
Part 4 Earlier Entertainment Forms and Moving Image and Sound Technologies