Alternative Screens in Western Avant-Garde Cinematic Practices – A Media Archaeological Approach

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Coming from a combined architectural and media studies background, the author wants to draw attention to the relation between moving images and the physical
environments where they are viewed by concentrating on alternative screens
in Western avant-garde cinematic practices. As a part of alternative exhibition
modes, alternative screens have largely been overlooked in film studies. Alternative screens exist mostly in non-entertainment cinematic practices, where we discover numerous examples whose aesthetic experience is based on their location, spatiality, and site specificity. Thus, the specific context of the exhibition space and how the screen appears within that space will be at the center of my investigation. Such an approach foregrounds the physical space and highlights attributes such as spatiality, materiality, performance, liveness, hapticity, interactivity, immersion, multiplicity, and three-dimensionality – all in contrast to the conventional “flat” screen experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExposing the Moving Image: the Cinematic Medium across World Fairs, Art Museums, and Cultural Exhibitions
EditorsDiego Cavallotti, Simone Dotto, Andrea Mariani
Place of PublicationMilano – Udine
PublisherMimesis International
Chapter3. The Cinematic Museums: Art, Science and Cultural Heritage on Screen
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-8869772306
ISBN (Print)978-8869772306
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2020

Publication series

PublisherMimesis Edizioni (Milano – Udine)
ISSN (Print)2420-9570
ISSN (Electronic)2420-9570


  • Alternative Screens
  • Western Avant-Garde Cinematic Practices
  • Media Archaeological Approach


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