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“The first book to consider video as an art form, was influential in establishing the field of media arts. In the book he argues that a new, expanded cinema is required for a new consciousness. He describes various types of filmmaking utilising new technology, including film special effects, computer art, video art, multi-media environments and holography." - wikipedia
Paperback, 444 pages
Published November 1st 1970 by E. P. Dutton & Co.
(first published January 1970)
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This is visionary. Prophetic. Brilliant. Genius! &.. wishful thinking?! & I only see 2 editions listed here: the 1st paperback & the 1st hardback! That's a disgrace. Is this bk SO esoteric? Does it have SO little popular appeal? I reckon SO. It was published in 1970. I was living in Baltimore at the time & I heard a fair amt of references to it. This was probably b/c of Stan Vanderbeek's heading of the UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County Campus) film & video ...more
There's such a strange ethereal feeling of importance about this book, as though it were an artifact passed down and hidden through ages. Nothing in the book's message seems the slightest dated and still remains prophetic. Of course, people in the 60s and 70s anticipates technology to develop much faster than it actually has in regard to film and video tech, so the predictions about the near future of video art seem tacky at best. Still, the book has the feel of a manifesto or a creative call to ...more
The first half or so of this book is invaluable and anyone interested in cinema should read it. It offers illuminating thoughts on the purpose of art and cinema and the direction it needs to move in if it's to remain relevant and powerful. It absolutely changed the way I think about movies. As the book goes on though, Youngblood focuses on newer mediums and their importance, such as computer films, video, mixed-media theater, and holograms. He goes seriously in depth on these topics and spends a ...more
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Gene Youngblood (born 30 May 1942), is a theorist of media arts and politics, and a respected scholar in the history and theory of alternative cinemas. His best known book, Expanded Cinema, was the first to consider video as an art form and has been credited with helping to legitimate the fields of computer art and media arts. He is also known for his pioneering work in the media democracy ...more