Cinema and Television as Entr'actes in History

Siegfried Zielinski


Siegfried Zielinski

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

360 pages | illustrated | 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 | © 1999
Paper $14.95 ISBN: 9789053563137 Published June 1999 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The production, distribution, and perception of moving images are undergoing a radical transformation. Ever-faster computers, digital technology, and microelectronic are joining forces to produce advanced audiovision -the media vanishing point of the 20th century. Very little will remain unchanged.

The classic institutions for the mediation of film - cinema and television - are revealed to be no more than interludes in the broader history of the audiovisual media. This book interprets these changes not simply as a cultural loss but also as a challenge: the new audiovisions have to be confronted squarely to make strategic intervention possible.

Audiovisions provides a historical underpinning for this active approach. Spanning 100 years, from the end of the 19th to the end of the 20th century, it reconstructs the complex genesis of cinema and television as historically relative - and thus finite - cultural forms, focussing on the dynamics and tension in the interaction between the apparatus and its uses. The book is also a plea for "staying power" in studies of cultural technology and technological culture of film.

Essayistic in style, it dispenses with complicated cross references and, instead, is structured around distinct historical phases. Montages of images and text provide supplemental information, contrast, and comment.

Preface to the English Edition
At the End of the History of Cinema and Television
Prolegomena to a History of Audiovision
1. Vanishing Point -- Cinema
The Founding Years of Audiovision
2. Between the Wars
Between the Dispositifs
3. Vanishing Point Television? 
On the Permeation of Familial Privateness by Televisuality
4. No Longer Cinema, No Longer Television
The Beginning of a New Historical and Cultural Form of the Audiovisual Discourse
Good Machines, Bad Machines
For Living Heterogeneity in the Arts of Picture and Sound -- Against Psychopathia Medialis
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