Symbiotic Cinema: Confluences between Film and Other Media
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Symbiotic Cinema: Confluences between Film and Other Media

A conference hosted by Linnaeus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies, in association with SERCIA - Société d'Études et de Recherches sur le Cinéma Anglophone.

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As early as 1911, Ricciotto Canudo coined the term "Seventh Art," bringing aesthetic considerations to bear into the realm of entertainment. Walter Benjamin, on the other hand, rejected cinema for being a mass medium devoid of artistic aura, which, according to him, was forever lost in the process of mechanical reproduction (1936). No matter how one looks at cinema, its appreciation or criticism is entirely dependent upon its physical and technical nature as a medium, especially since its technical properties and consumption platform(s) affect the form and content of specific products (i.e. films). Since cinema/film is a medium that evolves in time and is anchored in space during the viewing process, it has always, from its inception, shared properties with other media. Some films or television series are self-reflexive and use these confluences as a discursive trait where the linkages may become the subject and/or a shared method.

"Intermediality" is the word that defines these junctures and the research field within which these confluences take place. Such a relationship may occur on a one-on-one basis, in which a media form or a media product is transposed to another media form or product, or it can occur in a more multimedial basis, in which a complex transposition involving several media takes place at once. The result is something which is different from the original and yet possesses some of the same properties. It can either be a transformation in the characteristics of the medium being transposed, i.e. an adaptation, or a different representation of the media in other media, i.e. ekphrasis. The advent of new media opened another field of inquiry within intermediality, namely digital cinema and its properties. Advocates pro and against the emerging computational technologies helped shed some light on matters of relative chronology and hybridity/media fusion in a more diversified environment. Both positions differ only in focus and degree, since cinema, from a technical perspective, has undeniably changed. The concept of "post-cinema" addresses the new technological forms and sites of consumption, which, in turn, results in new ways of film viewing, more or less immersive; as well as in new types of products, more or less fragmented and pushed towards the museum.

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