Imagine opening the gates to a vault full of media apparatuses and letting loose thirty-two international media scholars and professionals on its heterogeneous content. 'Exposing the Film Apparatus' collects the results of such an experiment.
This book addresses the keen awareness of the prominence of media technologies in our culture in the last two centuries, while also showing how such an awareness is impacting the curatorial consciousness of those working in film archives, technology, and media museums today. Combining a variety of approaches with insightful perspectives of professionals working on a wide range of film technology-related issues, Exposing the Film Apparatus reveals the richness, diversity, and relevance of the topic for archivists, curators, projectionists, theorists, film and media historians, media artists, educationists and film students today.
'If dreams come true! The long desired collaboration between film archivists and film scholars has never been as fully realized as in this work, which is, itself, a genuine “research laboratory.” Adopting an approach that constantly combines fundamental and applied research, the “materiality of the medium” is studied here in an entirely novel way. Starting with the digital turn, the essential problems of technique and technology have (finally!) returned to academic zeitgeist.'
André Gaudreault, Canada Research Chair in Cinema and Media Studies, Université de Montréal
'This excellent collection fizzes with new approaches to understanding the apparatuses of cinema. These machines once gave life to images; now it must be our mission to give life back to these machines.'
John Ellis, Professor of Media Arts, Royal Holloway University of London
Edited by Giovanna Fossati and Annie van den Oever
Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015