I was glad to have found the online journal, SCAN, about media arts culture recently and highly recommend it to students of the arts, film, media arts, media theory and other disciplines. SCAN is a refereed, inter-disciplinary and some of its subject matter includes media studies, media arts, cultural studies, fine arts, philosophy, new media, music and technology. SCAN is hosted by the Department of Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney.
I read with interest Katherine Berger’s well written analysis of how a growing number of filmmakers in the 21st century are using both handed down handmade, direct-on-film animation techniques as well as their own new ways of making use of interacting with the analogue film itself. As Berger points out, these direct-on-film techniques are by their nature process oriented, in which many artists discover the film’s form and subjects in the course of the film making. Berger goes on to point out that many art movements are based on theories of discovery and chance. The specific use of found, or appropriated footage adds a layer of questioning truth and authorship into the mix; film artists are questioning filmed or photographed images as “historical truth.”
by Katherine Berger