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Found footage: recycling historic material a-historically

de Bruyn, Dirk 2012, Found footage: recycling historic material a-historically, in BIT's 1st Annual World Congress of Emerging InfoTech-2012 proceedings, BIT Congress Inc., Dalian, China, pp. 276-276.

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Title Found footage: recycling historic material a-historically
Author(s) de Bruyn, Dirk
Conference name Emerging InfoTech-2012. Congress (1st : 2012 : Dalian, China)
Conference location Dalian, China
Conference dates 28-30 Aug. 2012
Title of proceedings BIT's 1st Annual World Congress of Emerging InfoTech-2012 proceedings
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Emerging InfoTech-2012. Congress
Start page 276
End page 276
Total pages 1
Publisher BIT Congress Inc.
Place of publication Dalian, China
Keyword(s) digital media
moving image
Summary The digital has speeded up multi-platform image delivery, to impose sampling and collagic strategies into the way we process information. This is a trauma inducing situation. During an earlier period of technological change reading the moving landscape similarly overwhelmed the early train traveller. Wolfgang Schivelbusch noted that ‘The inability to acquire a mode of perception adequate to technological travel crossed all political, ideological and aesthetic lines.’ (1983) New perceptual strategies had to be developed that contextualized the blur and the streak produced by looking out the train window without overwhelming the viewer. Utilizing Chris Brewin’s (2001) model of two parallel memory systems, this paper argues that, as another round of unprecedented technological change impacts on our senses, another ‘re-alignment’ of the senses is required. Chris Brewin’s (2001) model of two parallel memory systems, of Verbally Accessible Memory (VAM) and Situational Accessible Memory (SAM), suggests that the current information explosion requires a greater emphasis on the SAM system for processing information and critical thinking. Processed through the amygdala, SAM is implicit, situationally triggered, information intensive and conveys no sense of time. Found footage films, like those of Martin Arnold and Peter Tscherkassky that cut up, layer, repeat and recycle historic imagery perform the sampling and collagic strategies that characterize this SAM memory system to demonstrate a more visually based mode of critical thinking.
Language eng
Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950205 Visual Communication
HERDC Research category L3 Extract of paper (minor conferences)
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Created: Mon, 07 Jan 2013, 11:02:45 EST by Dirk De Bruyn

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