Dreamlands Exhibit

Visiting the Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016 exhibit at the Whitney Museum functioned as a powerful reminder as to the ways in which the exhibition space fundamentally alters the cinematic experience. Traversing the Dreamlands space became an interesting form of interactivity in which the placement of particular works and the foregrounding or concealing of … More Dreamlands Exhibit

This is Marie’s Interpretation: Authenticity, Authorship, and Fandom in the 21st Century

If ever there was a time when the term “fanfiction” was in a precarious and unstable state, it is now. As I’m writing this, pre-ticket sales for the most recent Star Wars installment have reached $50 million (Mendelson), a new Star Trek film trailer has the internet buzzing, and a film adaptation of a novel … More This is Marie’s Interpretation: Authenticity, Authorship, and Fandom in the 21st Century

The Colonial Subject: Seeing the Unseen and the Construction of Subjectivity in Apocalypse Now and La Noire de…

The evolution of the moving image from the seemingly simplistic Edison/Dickson shorts of the late 19th century to the technically complex CGI infused blockbusters flashing on multiplex screens today is certainly one propelled by opposition. Technological, theoretical, and formalistic innovations have both fostered and challenged audiences’ comprehension of cinematic texts leaving one to question the … More The Colonial Subject: Seeing the Unseen and the Construction of Subjectivity in Apocalypse Now and La Noire de…

Navigating the Virtual: Affect, Epistemology and the Paradox of Fiction

Since its inception, cinema has been a medium focused on transporting spectators to new worlds. Whether inviting viewers to investigate exotic locales through travelogues or ferrying them to the moon via rocket, cinema has historically functioned not simply as a means of naïve entertainment but additionally as a mode of access to alternate realities. The … More Navigating the Virtual: Affect, Epistemology and the Paradox of Fiction

Suffering Cinema: New Media and the Challenge to Film’s Evolution

The word “cinema” functions as a signifier that fundamentally challenges any notions of objective significates. Not only does the meaning of the word shift contextually (e.g. lets go to the cinema, this is a great piece of cinema, etc.) but it also chimerically modulates its very ontology based on the subjectivity of the speaker. Cinema, … More Suffering Cinema: New Media and the Challenge to Film’s Evolution

From Sewers to Slumber Parties: VHS as Interactive Cinema in the Home

Since its emergence in the late 1970s the Video Home System, or VHS, has been a particularly contested medium within cinematic discourse. VHS not only functioned as a means of encapsulating and materially dispersing the otherwise ephemeral film object—hitherto experienced as a fleeting event in theaters—but additionally challenged the very understanding of a cinematic work … More From Sewers to Slumber Parties: VHS as Interactive Cinema in the Home

(Un)changing History: Bleeding Through and the Illusory Barrier Between Past and Present

Norman Klein’s Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles (1920-1986) functions as a complex concatenation of database narrative, docu-game, i-doc, and digital archive charting the web of intersecting histories (both real and imagined) existent in Los Angeles from the 1920s to the year of the game’s release in 2003. The story itself recounts the history of … More (Un)changing History: Bleeding Through and the Illusory Barrier Between Past and Present