Advertisement

Learning with Images in the Digital Age

  • Moinak Biswas
Chapter
  • 103 Downloads
Part of the Global Cinema book series (GLOBALCINE)

Abstract

I would like to speak from my experience of working with the Media Lab project at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, where we have been trying to explore methods of training and research in new image forms. As teachers in the Department of Film Studies at Jadavpur, the first department of its kind in South Asia, we had to design the early curricula for a subject that scarcely had academic practitioners in India. The periodic updating of syllabi followed the logic of incorporating new scholarship. The exercise proved to be a challenge, however, with the radical transformation of the very material and social character of the image brought on by the digital. The Media Lab was launched in 2008 as a space where the logic of the transition itself could be addressed before one could arrive at modules of finished material to be taken to the classroom. The Lab hosts digital databases, which involve the practice of documentation and linkage, image production and interpretation. Workshop-based training, organized alongside all this, has been working together with possible interventions in the radically expanding spaces of image production.

Keywords

Image Production Digital Humanity Film Study History Lesson Society Movement 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Notes

  1. 5.
    This movement was closely linked to the Calcutta Film Society. Two film clubs were started in Bombay in 1939 and 1942, but the Calcutta society is generally recognized for playing a pioneering role in what was later called the “film society movement,” a major force behind the emergence of new Indian cinema heralded by Ray, Ritwik Ghatak et al. For recent accounts of the movement see Rochona Majumdar, “Debating Radical Cinema: A History of the Film Society Movement in India,” Modern Asian Studies 46.3 (2012); and H. N. Narahari Rao, ed., The Film Society Movement in India (Mumbai: The Asian Film Foundation, 2009).Google Scholar
  2. 8.
    See James Boyle, The Public Domain, Enclosing the Commons of the Mind (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2008).Google Scholar
  3. 9.
    See, for example, Peter Linebaugh, The Magna Carta Manifesto, Liberties and Commons for All (Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 2008).Google Scholar
  4. 10.
    See Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Empire (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2000), esp. “Part 3”;Google Scholar
  5. and Maurizio Lazzarato, “Immaterial Labour,” trans. Paul Colilli and Ed Emery, in Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics, ed. Paolo Virno and Michael Hardt (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996).Google Scholar
  6. 11.
    McKenzie Wark, Telesthesia, Communication, Culture and Class (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2012).Google Scholar
  7. 12.
    Thomas Elsaesser, “Cinephilia, or the Uses of Disenchantment,” in Cinephilia, Movies, Love and Memory, ed. Marijke de Valck and Malte Hagener (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2005).Google Scholar
  8. 13.
    Satyajit Ray, “National Styles in Cinema,” in Deep Focus, Reflections on Cinema, ed. Sandip Ray (New Delhi: Harper Collins Publishers India, 2011).Google Scholar
  9. 14.
    For a detailed discussion of this, see Moinak Biswas, “Early Films: Novels and other Horizons,” in Apu and After, Revisiting Ray’s Cinema, ed. Moinak Biswas (London and Calcutta: Seagull Books, 2006), 36–79.Google Scholar
  10. 15.
    The most well-known treatment of database as form is to be found in Lev Manovich, The Language of New Media (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2001), 212–237.Google Scholar
  11. See also the essays collected in Victoria Vesna, ed., Database Aesthetics, Art in the Age of Information Overflow (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Mette Hjort 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Moinak Biswas

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations