Technology and Culture: The Film Reader brings together key theoretical texts from more than a century of writing on film and technology. It begins by exploring the intertwined technologies of cinematic representation, reproduction, distribution and reception, before locating the technological history of cinema as one component of an increasingly complex technological culture.
The selected articles encompass a range of disciplines, perspectives and methodologies, reflecting the multiplicity of contemporary approaches to technology. They are grouped into four thematic sections, each with an introduction by the editor.
Part 1: Origins and Evolution 1 Past, Present, and Future 2 The Myth of Total Cinema 3 Cinema and Digital Media Part 2: Visions and Manifestos 4 The Futurist Cinema 5 Kinoks: A Revolution 6 The Cinema of the Future 7 Dogme 95: The Vow of Chastity Part 3: Politics and Ideologies 8 The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction 9 Machines of the Visible 10 Pirates of the New World Image Orders Part 4: Identities and Interfaces 11 The Pleasure of the Interface 12 The Scene of the Screen: Envisioning Cinematic and Electronic 'Presence' 13 The Cyberstar: Digital Pleasures and the End of the Unconscious