This panel proposes to map the changes in the cinematic object at a moment of flux when digital technologies and the experience of globalization are threatening to replace celluloid as the material of cinema.
This panel proposes to map the changes in the cinematic object at a moment of flux when digital technologies and the experience of globalization are threatening to replace celluloid as the material of cinema. The contemporary as we know it today is marked by a proliferation of technology that has effected far reaching changes in the global landscape of media practices and institutions. As media technologies converge, cinema also undergoes a drastic shift not just in production but also in its exhibition, distribution and consumption. Digital platforms allow viewers the chance to manipulate and appropriate images, leading to new forms of sensuous exchange and virtual travel. This sensuous change alters the idea of cinematic materiality, as objects of everyday use and desire such as cell phones, television, and computers assume newer affective and symbolic charge on screen. The changing nature of cinematic circulation via the internet also alters the archive of cinema as evident in the way popular cultural memory gets stored on YouTube and other such sites. With the community of users at the centre of this ever-expanding archive, the history that emerges is not merely institutional, but encompasses more anecdotal forms of knowledge. The panel seeks to bring together diverse sites where cinema's transformation can be located. The sites can include film practice, film culture, the film object and the film archive.