I Link, Therefore I Am

1 year ago by GlobalismFilms

This short film was produced for two purposes - one, as a piece of coursework for the 'Theory and Practice of Interactive Media' module as part of my MA in Digital Media, and two, as a submission for the audio/video remix contest 'The Past Re-imagined as the Future'.

As a piece of coursework, it is intended to demonstrate an interaction with a couple of pieces of theory that relate to new media and the body. It is also aimed at demonstrating a different form of 'writing' than than traditional notion applied to an academic essay. As a remix contest submission, the film takes a couple of tracks from the Free Music Archive and clips from a handful of short films from the Prelinger Archive and creates something new with them all. The monochromatic style is inspired by old jazz LP covers. I searched for 'network' in the Prelinger section of the Internet Archive and came up with footage from shorts films commissioned by Bell and AT&T on the building of the American telephone network, along with material on telegraphs, radio and television - the old media networks on which the new media network of the Internet was partly built. This also neatly demonstrates the past being re-imagined as the future.

Full credits and references are give below:

Text

Boler, M (2007). Hypes, Hopes and Actualities: New Digital Cartesianism and Bodies in Cyberspace. New Media and Society. 9, 1.
Hansen, (2006). Bodies in Code: Interfaces with Digital Media. Abingdon: Routledge.
Latour, B (2011). Where are the Missing Masses? The Sociology of a Few Mundance Artefacts. From Giddings, S; Lister, M (eds) The New Media and Technocultures Reader. Abingdon: Routledge.
Scruton, (1998). Modern Philosophy I: The Rationalists and Kant. From Grayling, A C (ed) Philosophy I: A Guide Through the Subject. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Video

Audio Productions Inc. (c. 1940). A Continent Is Bridged. CC-PD 1.0
http://archive.org/details/0800_Continent_is_Bridged_A_06_47_34_00

Ganz, (William J) Co (1956). The Story of Television. CC-PD 1.0 http://archive.org/details/Story_of_Television_The

Murphy (Owen) Productions (c. late 1950s). The Town and the Telephone. CC-PD
http://archive.org/details/Townandt1950

Calvin Communications (c. 1960). Your Name Here. CC-PD
http://archive.org/details/YourName1960

Pathescope Pictures (1950). Story Without End. CC-PD
http://archive.org/details/StoryWit1950

Music

Super Flower (2012) ‘Camden Park’ (Album – ‘Camden Park’) CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Super_Flower/Camden_Park/01_Camden_Park

Oskar Schuster (2012) ‘Sneeuwland’ (Album – ‘Sneeuwland’) CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Oskar_Schuster/Sneeuwland/Sneeuwland_1553

A Globalism Films Production

This video is issued under CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 licence.