Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art

Erika Balsom

Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art

Erika Balsom

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

250 pages | 29 halftones | 6 x 9
Paper $43.50 ISBN: 9789089644718 Published August 2013 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Once at the margins of the art world, film now occupies a prominent place in museums and galleries. Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art explores the emergence of cinema as a primary medium of artistic production, offering an in-depth inquiry into its genesis, its defining features, and its ramifications. Erika Balsom also tackles cinema studies’ great disciplinary obsession—namely, what cinema was, is, and will become in a digital future. Rich in theoretical reflections and critical analyses, Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art offers insights into the whole history of cinema from the vantage point of today’s art. 


Introduction – The Othered Cinema


Chapter 1: Architectures of Exhibition

      The “Passages” of Cinema

      Projection and Patrimony

      Black Box/White Cube

      The New Blockbusters

      The Myth of Activity

      Media at MoMA

Chapter 2: Filmic Ruins

      Post-medium Post-mortem

      Indexing the Past

      A Little History of 16mm


      Analogue Aura

Chapter 3: The Remake: Old Movies, New Narratives

      Ambivalent Appropriations

      The Four Operations


      The False Promises of the “Utopia of Use”

      Remaking Fandom


      VCR Memories

Chapter 4: The Fiction of Truth and the Truth of Fiction


      Hybrid Forms

      Rehabilitating Narrative

      A Return of the Deal

      Two Images of Death

Conclusion – “Cinema and…”




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Review Quotes
Mieke Bal | Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
 “This book is one I have been hoping to encounter for quite a while. It is rich in theoretical reflections as well as critical analyses of works, and makes a very strong case for a new form of art and a new form of cinema in one. It is theoretically complex and elegantly written.” 
D.N. Rodowick | Harvard University
"Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art is our first sustained critical history of one of the most important dimensions of contemporary art: the encounter of the cinema with the museum, the art gallery, and new practices of moving image installation. It is also a deep examination of the persistence of a certain memory of cinema that persists as a subject of critical re-examination by the most fascinating artists of our time.  It is a path-breaking book that will long remain unsurpassable."  
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