Fast Forward: The Future(s) of the Cinematic Arts, forthcoming from Wallflower Press in August 2016, explores the permutations of cinema as it responds to the changing world around us. Moving images are no longer confined to the movie theater or home entertainment system; instead, we find them now on cell phones and computers, inside cardboard viewers and high-tech goggles, on giant screens throughout major cities and ensconced in museums, galleries and arts spaces all over the world. The book includes chapters on hybrid works by artists such as David O’Reilly and Marco Brambilla; live cinema projects by artists such as Cloud Eye Control and Janie Geiser; urban screens and work by artists such as Refik Anadol and Doug Aitken; web-based and tablet-based experiences such as those created by Erik Loyer and Jonathan Harris; and VR projects by VRSE and many others. It also explores several new practices, including world building as described by Alex McDowell; transmedia design as it has been defined by Henry Jenkins; and the exploration of the “self as source” in The Technique, as defined by Joan Scheckel. Finally, the book investigates the links between the post-cinematic and the posthuman, asking how shifts in subjectivity and perception bring these two ideas together.
New Digital Cinema: Reinventing the Moving Image, published by Wallflower Press in 2005, tracks the evolution of contemporary cinema as it intersects with the formerly separate realms of filmmaking, video art, music video, animation, print design and live club events to create an avant-garde for the new millennium. Beginning with the premise that we are witnessing the most extensive reworking of the role of images since the inauguration of cinema, thanks in no small part to the advent of desktop filmmaking tools, the book opens with an investigation of digital cinema and its contribution to innovations in the feature film format, examining animation/live action hybrids, the gritty aesthetic of the Dogme 95 filmmakers, the explosions of frames within frames, and the evolution of the ambient narrative film. The book then moves on to examine the creation of new genres and moving image experiences as what we know as cinema expands beyond the confines of the movie theater and television screen into new venues and formats.
The New Ecology of Things project, an experiment in transmedia publishing, was created in collaboration with faculty from Art Center College of Design. I worked primarily on editing the text, and helped brainstorm ideas for the project’s manifestation across other media platforms. The project in its current form unites four media components book, dust jacket / poster, Web site, and wap each of which relates to the others: place the book on the poster to see additional imagery; point your mobile phone camera at barcodes on the poster and watch videos; browse URLs in the book and move to a dialogue online… The NET publication includes several essays, a glossary, forums, interactive works and videos, with writing by Bruce Sterling, Brenda Laurel, Phil van Allen, Anne Burdick and Nik Hafermaas.