film theory

Motte oder Wanze [Moth or Bedbug]. Circuit Diagram. 1952. Norbert Wiener. From Mensch und Menschmaschine.

Petra Loeffler on Distraction

Petra Loeffler. Image Source: Diaphanes Vertrag: http://www.diaphanes.de/autor/detail/1145

Cigarettes, cycling, gawking, gandering, and imbibing. These are a few of the forms of distraction or "distributed attention" that Petra Loeffler--a film and media scholar currently teaching media philosophy at Bauahus University -- discusses with us in this episode. Drawing examples from her recent book Distributed Attention: A Media History of Distraction, Dr.

The New Apparatus Theory

Photographische Apparate III. Source: http://www.zeno.org/Meyers-1905/I/Wm15824c

So my comrade in gadget theory, Grant Wythoff, and I have been bouncing notes back and forth for a year or so about the return of the apparatus to media theory. I suppose it'd be more precise to say it never left. But the sources for "apparatus theory" have shifted over the years. In the 1970s and early 80s work by Baudry, Comolli, Mulvey, etc. on film as an ideological apparatus (appareil/dispositif) swept film studies. In the last fifteen years however another, intersecting theory of the apparatus has taken hold in media studies, science studies, theories of digital cinema and so on. Notions of a productive, assembly-like apparatus (dispositif) put forth by Foucault, Lyotard, Agamben and Deleuze today dominate contemporary apparatus theories.

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