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Technology in search of an artist: questions of auteurism/authorship and the contemporary cinematic experience

Technology in search of an artist: questions of auteurism/authorship and the contemporary cinematic experience

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Original languageEnglish
Pages86-97
Number of pages12
JournalVelvet Light Trap
Journal publication date2006
Volume57
DOIs
StatePublished

Abstract

In contemporary culture questions of authorship keep recurring. The music industry has for a long time been battling the ubiquity of authorship and using techniques of sampling and re-mixing. New media has accelerated the effect and the possibility of sampling not just from music but from many other digital sources such as images, videos, texts, source codes, software etc. Today, in many cases, it is difficult to clearly identify an author. Rather, we see emerging a system of multiple, hybridized, collective authorship. New technology demands new knowledge and skills from the traditional authors; the Artist, the Architect, the Scientist, the ?Master? Film-Maker and encourages them to work in an interdisciplinary multimedia context. By considering, among others, the latest trends emerging on the fringe of mainstream Hollywood (Hollywood 2.0) and the most experimental cinematic expressions (Internet cinema, the ?Future Cinema? exhibition), this paper investigates whether a new model of co-authorship which (inter)actively involves the audience is surfacing or whether, conversely, we are witnessing an ?illusion of authorship?, while the aura of authorship (albeit under new semblances) is firmly reaffirmed right at a time when it is most challenged.

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