Mind the Screen
Media Concepts According to Thomas Elsaesser
Distributed for Amsterdam University Press
Mieke Bal, Melis Behlil, Warren Buckland, Sudeep Dasgupta, José van Dijck, Charles Forceville, Bruce Gray, Malte Hagener, Pepita Hesselberth, Jeroen de Kloet, Jaap Kooijman, and Tarja Laine.
Mind the Screen pays tribute to the work of the pioneering European film scholar Thomas Elsaesser, author of several volumes on media studies and cinema culture. Covering a full scope of issues arising from the author’s work—from melodrama and mediated memory to avant-garde practices, media archaeology, and the audiovisual archive—this collection elaborates and expands on Elsaesser’s original ideas along the topical lines of cinephilia, the historical imaginary, the contemporary European cinematic experience, YouTube, and images of terrorism and double occupancy, among other topics. Contributions from well-known artists and scholars such as Mieke Bal and Warren Buckland explore a range of media concepts and provide a mirror for the multi-faceted types of screens active in Elsaesser’s work, including the television set, video installation, the digital interface, the mobile phone display, and of course, the hallowed silver screen of our contemporary film culture.