What is a cinema? Death, closure and the database

Verhoeven, Deb 2013, What is a cinema? Death, closure and the database. In Aveyard, Karina and Moran, Albert (ed), Watching films: new perspectives on movie-going, exhibition and reception, Intellect Ltd, Bristol, England, pp.33-51.

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Title What is a cinema? Death, closure and the database
Author(s) Verhoeven, DebORCID iD for Verhoeven, Deb orcid.org/0000-0003-3680-3561
Title of book Watching films: new perspectives on movie-going, exhibition and reception
Editor(s) Aveyard, Karina
Moran, Albert
Publication date 2013
Chapter number 2
Total chapters 22
Start page 33
End page 51
Total pages 19
Publisher Intellect Ltd
Place of Publication Bristol, England
Keyword(s) cinema studies
digital humanities
Summary This chapter explores the possible ontological questions and epistemological propositions that arise from detailed empirical research into cinema closures. Repeated pronouncements of the ‘Death of Cinema’ in the wake of technological, social and industrial change serve to reinforce the coincidence of ‘death’ with a type of ‘closure’. The evocation of a ‘crisis’ in the cinema is ordinarily articulated within the terms of specific cultural concerns around transience and transformation in the social experience of the cinema. However, rather than adding another chapter to the apocalyptic historiography of the cinema this paper proposes instead the constitutive importance of ‘closure’ as a critical tool for rethinking our defining assumptions about cinema(s). Specifically, the chapter will demonstrate how the conceptual granularity entailed in the development of a detailed database of venue openings and closings (the Cinema and Audiences in Australia Project database) can in turn lead to a fundamental reconsideration of the ontology of the cinema itself.
ISBN 1783200421
Language eng
Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2013, Intellect Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30053455

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