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Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography

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Cover image: Weekend Campus, Nancy Davenport
Karen Beckman, coeditor
Film and Media Studies
May, 2008


In Still Moving noted artists, filmmakers, art historians, and film scholars explore the boundary between cinema and photography. The interconnectedness of the two media has emerged as a critical concern for scholars in the field of cinema studies responding to new media technologies, and for those in the field of art history confronting the ubiquity of film, video, and the projected image in contemporary art practice. Engaging still, moving, and ambiguous images from a wide range of geographical spaces and historical moments, the contributors to this volume address issues of indexicality, medium specificity, and hybridity as they examine how cinema and photography have developed and defined themselves through and against one another.

Foregrounding the productive tension between stasis and motion, two terms inherent to cinema and to photography, the contributors trace the shifting contours of the encounter between still and moving images across the realms of narrative and avant-garde film, photography, and installation art. Still Moving suggests that art historians and film scholars must rethink their disciplinary objects and boundaries, and that the question of medium specificity is a necessarily interdisciplinary question. From a variety of perspectives, the contributors take up that challenge, offering new ways to think about what contemporary visual practice is and what it will become.

Contributors: George Baker, Rebecca Baron, Karen Beckman, Raymond Bellour, Zoe Beloff,Timothy Corrigan, Nancy Davenport, Atom Egoyan, Rita Gonzalez, Tom Gunning, Louis Kaplan, Jean Ma, Janet Sarbanes, Juan A. Suárez

Still Moving engages new debate in a field central and crucial to cinema, media, and cultural studies. The collection explores the nature of photography and cinema both before and after the advent of digital media. As a result, some stunning work—on acceleration and simulation, on filming and editing in photographic and electronic media, on the fortunes of memory and oblivion, and on the dialogue and conflict of technologies—emerges from the tension of still and moving images.”
(Tom Conley, author of Cartographic Cinema)

Still Moving maps out various interesting directions, trends, and tendencies inspired by the fact that moving-image media are losing their coherence, spinning out and recombining in interesting ways. In doing so, it opens up a number of fresh paths for examining what film and photography, as well as cinema studies and art history, will become. It will be widely read and discussed in the worlds of art and film, the classroom, the museum, and the gallery.”
(D. N. Rodowick, Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in Film and Visual Studies, Harvard University)