Adaptation and Convergence of Media

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The perspective of this book is that intermedia is a gathering of combinatorial possibilities and hybridity leading to heterogeneity and complexity. The volume is not another academic compilation but rather a collection of carefully selected and peer-reviewed articles. Rather than arguing for an impending disappearance of traditional media, the book embraces contemporary plurality of media forms, advocating a more comprehensive approach that includes a proposal for a theory of ‘High’ and ‘Low’ culture intermediality.

 

Many of the authors are creative media practitioners. Their work gives the reader a look at contemporary media landscape providing relevant social and cultural commentary to a variety of media genres. For example, Hollywood films such as Bar Luhman’s The Great Gatsby and Adam McKays’ The Big Short are brought into discussion in the context of contemporary politics and media. The ecological debate and issues of hybridity are scrutinized through the lens of Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Youtube series. C.S. Lewis, Pavel Hošel and Frederick Jameson’s perspectives of social utopia and ideology enables a critical discussion of popular youth media in Eastern Europe.

 

Among the works we also encounter theoretical essays exploring multiple historical origins and possible media futures. The craft of weaving, issues of gender and oral poetry are brought into a metaphorical relation through an examination of the Finnish Kalevala tradition. From a critical perspective, diverse origins and possible paths of development of the intermedia traditions are examined. Further on, the notion of intermedia as liminal interface design space is elaborated from the perspective of Interactive Diorama – Rembrandt, 1632 and Rediscovery of Anima, two works showcased at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival in Austria.


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Author
Lily Díaz & Magda Dragu & Leena Eilittä (Eds.)
ISBN
978-952-60-8311-7

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