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The State of Post-Cinema

Tracing the Moving Image in the Age of Digital Dissemination

  • Malte Hagener
  • Vinzenz Hediger
  • Alena Strohmaier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Informal Economies: Promises and Threats of Dissemination Technologies

  3. Informal Networks: National-Regional-Global Nexus

  4. Informal Aesthetics: Reshaping Cine-Cultures

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 225-233

About this book


This book approaches the topic of the state of post-cinema from a new direction. The authors explore how film has left the cinema as a fixed site and institution and now appears ubiquitous - in the museum and on the street, on planes and cars and new digital communication platforms of various kinds. The authors investigate how film has become more than cinema, no longer a medium that is based on the photochemical recording and replay of movement. Most often, the state of post-cinema is conceptualized from the "high end" of the most advanced technology; discussions usually focus on performance capture and digital 3-D, 4-K projection and industrial light & magic. Here, the authors' approach is focused on the "low-end" of the circulation of filmic images. This includes informal networks of exchange and transaction, such as p2p-networks, video platforms, so called “piracy” with a special focus on the Middle East and North Africa, where political and social transformations make new forms of circulation and presentation particularly visible.


cinema film post-cinema circulation new media transnational cinema, world cinema

Editors and affiliations

  • Malte Hagener
    • 1
  • Vinzenz Hediger
    • 2
  • Alena Strohmaier
    • 3
  1. 1.Philipps-University MarburgMarburgGermany
  2. 2.Goethe UniversityFrankfurtGermany
  3. 3.Philipps-University MarburgMarburgGermany

About the editors

Malte Hagener is professor for film at Philipps-Universität Marburg. Recent publications include Moving Forward, Looking Back: The European Avant-garde and the Invention of Film Culture (2007), Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses(2010, with T. Elseasser) and The Emergence of Film Culture (2014, as editor).

Vinzenz Hediger is a professor of cinema studies at Gothe Universität Frankfurt. He is the founding editor of the Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft and one of the co-founders of the European Network of Cinema Studies (NECS).

Alena Strohmaier is a Research Fellow in the BMBF research network "Re-Configurations". She is currently a member of the NECS Steering Committee and in the editorial team of META Journal.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The State of Post-Cinema
  • Book Subtitle Tracing the Moving Image in the Age of Digital Dissemination
  • Editors Malte Hagener
    Vinzenz Hediger
    Alena Strohmaier
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-52938-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-70821-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-52939-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 233
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Film Theory
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