Expanded Cinema

Expanded Cinema

Fiftieth Anniversary Edition

  • Author: Youngblood, Gene; Fuller, R. Buckminster
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Serie: Meaning Systems
  • ISBN: 9780823287420
  • eISBN Pdf: 9780823287437
  • Place of publication:  New York , United States
  • Year of publication: 2020
  • Year of digital publication: 2020
  • Month: March
  • Language: English

Fiftieth anniversary reissue of the founding media studies book that helped establish media art as a cultural category.

First published in 1970, Gene Youngblood’s influential Expanded Cinema was the first serious treatment of video, computers, and holography as cinematic technologies. Long considered the bible for media artists, Youngblood’s insider account of 1960s counterculture and the birth of cybernetics remains a mainstay reference in today’s hypermediated digital world. This fiftieth anniversary edition includes a new Introduction by the author that offers conceptual tools for understanding the sociocultural and sociopolitical realities of our present world.

A unique eyewitness account of burgeoning experimental film and the birth of video art in the late 1960s, this far- ranging study traces the evolution of cinematic language to the end of fiction, drama, and realism. Vast in scope, its prescient formulations include “the paleocybernetic age,” “intermedia,” the “artist as design scientist,” the “artist as ecologist,” “synaesthetics and kinesthetics,” and “the technosphere: man/machine symbiosis.” Outstanding works are analyzed in detail. Methods of production are meticulously described, including interviews with artists and technologists of the period, such as Nam June Paik, Jordan Belson, Andy Warhol, Stan Brakhage, Carolee Schneemann, Stan VanDerBeek, Les Levine, and Frank Gillette. An inspiring Introduction by the celebrated polymath and designer R. Buckminster Fuller—a perfectly cut gem of countercultural thinking in itself—places Youngblood’s radical observations in comprehensive perspective.

Providing an unparalleled historical documentation, Expanded Cinema clarifies a chapter of countercultural history that is still not fully represented in the arthistorical record half a century later. The book will also inspire the current generation of artists working in ever-newer expansions of the cinematic environment and will prove invaluable to all who are concerned with the technologies that are reshaping the nature of human communication.

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction to the Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
  • Introduction
  • Inexorable Evolution and Human Ecology
  • Preface
  • Part One: The Audience and the Myth of Entertainment
    • Radical Evolution and Future Shock in the Paleocybernetic Age
    • The Intermedia Network as Nature
    • Popular Culture and the Noosphere
    • Art, Entertainment, Entropy
    • Retrospective Man and the Human Condition
    • The Artist as Design Scientist
  • Part Two: Synaesthetic Cinema: The End of Drama
    • Global Closed Circuit: The Earth as Software
    • Synaesthetic Synthesis: Simultaneous Perception of Harmonic Opposites
    • Syncretism and Metamorphosis: Montage as Collage
    • Evocation and Exposition: Toward Oceanic Consciousness
    • Synaesthetics and Kinaesthetics: The Way of All Experience
    • Mythopoeia: The End of Fiction
    • Synaesthetics and Synergy
    • Synaesthetic Cinema and Polymorphous Eroticism
    • Synaesthetic Cinema and Extra-Objective Reality
    • Image-Exchange and the Post-Mass Audience Age
  • Part Three: Toward Cosmic Consciousness
    • 2001: The New Nostalgia
    • The Stargate Corridor
    • The Cosmic Cinema of Jordan Belson
  • Part Four: Cybernetic Cinema and Computer Films
    • The Technosphere: Man/Machine Symbiosis
    • The Human Bio-Computer and His Electronic Brainchild
    • Hardware and Software
    • The Aesthetic Machine
    • Cybernetic Cinema
    • Computer Films
  • Part Five: Television as a Creative Medium
    • The Videosphere
    • Cathode-Ray Tube Videotronics
    • Synaesthetic Videotapes
    • Videographic Cinema
    • Closed-Circuit Television and Teledynamic Environments
  • Part Six: lntermedia
    • The Artist as Ecologist
    • World Expositions and Nonordinary Reality
    • Cerebrum: Intermedia and the Human Sensorium
    • Intermedia Theatre
    • Multiple-Projection Environments
  • Part Seven: Holographic Cinema: A New World
    • Wave-Front Reconstruction: Lensless Photography
    • Dr. Alex Jacobson: Holography in Motion
    • Limitations of Holographic Cinema
    • Projecting Holographic Movies
    • The Kinoform: Computer-Generated Holographic Movies
    • Technoanarchy: The Open Empire
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
  • Errata



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