Academic journal article Millennium Film Journal

Introduction

Academic journal article Millennium Film Journal

Introduction

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In recent years, the Millennium Film Journal has contended with the supersession of photochemical production media by digital technologies, artist-run film laboratories, radical reformulation of exhibition and distribution, the maturation and ubiquity of multimedia installation, and the professionalization of experimental cinema studies as an academic discipline. Necessarily coextensive with technical innovations and transformations of the field, examination of social and political ramifications has churned throughout the Journal's pages as so many channels of generative ambivalence. Embedded with a particular critical agility, MFJ continues to play a crucial, even prescient, role in the most urgent debates of artists' cinema. Each issue seeks to affirm a sensitivity to Millennium's singular history, and to charting the future of our shared commitment to moving image art.

This mission is affirmed in the present issue. Questions of medium specificity have been supplanted by a kind of technical eclecticism. This new range of modalities, these "image machines," require equally eclectic and agile work of critique. We offer a selection of texts in a range of formulations.

Vera Dika writes on the gendered character of materiality and performance in the work of Stephanie Wuertz, offering insight into the historical precedents for Wuertz's projects and their cogency for current debates on analog and digital aesthetics. Maria Engberg examines Jonathan Harris' rhetorics of interactivity. Through Harris' work, Engberg argues, we might understand the easy attribution of unfettered creativity to digital technologies, and how such attribution elides "procedural" impositions, the delimited psychophysical habits germinated by our instruments. …

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