Reading List

21, Jan, 2022
Reading List

A selection of moving image, photography, art and culture useful for research, reference and teaching. ISBN codes link to Amazon books.

Making Images Move: Handmade Cinema and the Other Arts
University of California Press; First edition (January 3, 2020)
Author: Gregory Zinman
Year: 2020
ISBN-10: 0520302737
Making Images Move reveals a new history of cinema by uncovering its connections to other media and art forms. In this richly illustrated volume, Gregory Zinman explores how moving-image artists who worked in experimental film pushed the medium toward abstraction through a number of unconventional filmmaking practices, including painting and scratching directly on the film strip; deteriorating film with water, dirt, and bleach; and applying materials such as paper and glue. This book provides a comprehensive history of this tradition of “handmade cinema” from the early twentieth century to the present, opening up new conversations about the production, meaning, and significance of the moving image. From painted film to kinetic art, and from psychedelic light shows to video synthesis, Gregory Zinman recovers the range of forms, tools, and intentions that make up cinema’s shadow history, deepening awareness of the intersection of art and media in the twentieth century, and anticipating what is to come.
The Age of Data
Embracing Algorithms in Art & Design
Author: Christoph Grünberger
Year: 2022
ISBN-10: 3721210158
A compendium for everybody who is interested in what art will be like in the upcoming decade: Global pioneers of data-driven design share their projects and give behind-the-scene looks at some of the most genre-redefining work, providing insights and outlooks on how it influences our current and future reality.
Artists on Creative Collaboration
Author: Ellen Mara De Wachter
Year: 2017
ISBN-10: 0714872881
I was excited to see this book appear as I had been searching for an up to date artists collaboration reference for some time. This is a great exploration of pairs and groups of artists who combine their skills and visions to create work they may have not been able to do if working alone. An important reference for todays struggling artists looking for a way forward.
Curating Digital Art
From Presenting and Collecting Digital Art to Networked Co-curation
Author: Annet Dekker (ed.)
Year: 2021
ISBN-10: 9493246019
What is the role of the curator when organizing digital art exhibitions in offline and online spaces? This book focuses on how the experiments of curators, artists and designers have opened the possibility to reconfigure traditional models and methods of presenting and accessing digital art.
Dark Matter
Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture
Author: Gregory Sholette
Year: 2006
ISBN-10: 0745327524
Art is big business, with some artists able to command huge sums of money for their works, while the vast majority are ignored or dismissed by critics. This book shows that these marginalised artists, the 'dark matter' of the art world, are essential to the survival of the mainstream and that they frequently organize in opposition to it.
24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters (Special Edition, DVD)
Director Kevin Burke, 1h 22m
Author: Paul Ainsworth, Dave Alexander, Andrea Alvin
Year: 2017
ISBN-10: B06Y197CRL
24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters is a documentary that explores the world of illustrated movie poster art, the artists who create it, companies and studios that commission it, galleries that display it and collectors and fans who hang it. Through interviews with a number of key art personalities from the '70s and '80s, as well as many modern, alternative poster artists, the film aims to answer our most burning questions: What happened to the illustrated movie poster Where did it disappear to, and why In the mid 2000s, filling the void left behind by Hollywoods abandonment of illustrated movie posters, independent artists and galleries began selling limited edition screen-printed posters. This movement has quickly exploded into a multi-million dollar industry, with prints selling out online in seconds, inspiring Hollywood studios to take notice of illustration in movie posters once more. 24x36: A MOVIE ABOUT MOVIE POSTERS explores this birth, death and resurrection of the illustrated movie poster. This DVD features bonus material including additional interviews and the official trailer, surround sound as well as English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired. Note: ISBN-10 substituted with ASIN code.
Film Language
A Semiotics of the Cinema
Author: Christian Metz
Year: 1990
ISBN-10: 0226521303
A pioneer in the field, Christian Metz applies insights of structural linguistics to the language of film.
In the Blink of an Eye
A Perspective On Film Editing, Second Edition
Author: Walter Murch
Year: 2001
ISBN-10: 1879505622
In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch's vivid, multifaceted, thought -- provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question -- Why do cuts work? -- Murch treats the reader to a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film. Along the way, he offers his unique insights on such subjects as continuity and discontinuity in editing, dreaming, and reality; criteria for a good cut; the blink of the eye as an emotional cue; digital editing; and much more. In this second edition, Murch reconsiders and completely revises his popular first edition's lengthy meditation on digital editing (which accounts for a third of the book's pages) in light of the technological changes that have taken place in the six years since its publication.
The Rest Is Noise
Listening to the Twentieth Century
Author: Alex Ross
Year: 2008
ISBN-10: 184115475X
In The Rest is Noise, Alex Ross, music critic of the New Yorker, gives us a riveting tour of the wild landscape of twentieth-century classical music: portraits of individuals, cultures, and nations reveal the predicament of the composer in a noisy, chaotic century.