The Third Party Diary: Tracking the trackers on Dutch governmental websites

by Lonneke van der Velden Introduction: Web tracking as data and Web tracking as issue There are a range of ‘privacy enhancing’ tools on the Web. In this article I will discuss how the b... Read more →

Enhanced echoes: Digitisation and new perspectives on film sound

by Jasper Aalbers Introduction To say that sound has long been a neglected subject in film studies has become something of a commonplace – yet this is no longer true. Starting in the 1980s... Read more →

Animated maps and the power of the trace

by Giuseppe Fidotta For about a decade animated maps were extremely popular in many documentaries as devices for illustrating places, actions, and processes set on the surface of the globe. ... Read more →

The beauty of the act: Figuring film and the delirious baroque in ‘Holy Motors’

by Saige Walton To the intuition of an unstable and moving world, of a multiple and inconstant life, hesitating between being and seeming, fond of disguise and of theatrical representation, ... Read more →

Microphysics of a rationalist utopia: Ruins, town plans, and the avant-garde documentary

by Andrea Mariani Erase the traces! – Bertolt Brecht (Ten Poems from a Reader for Those Who Live in Cities) The historical and theoretical inquiries sustained in this essay derive from the... Read more →

Assembling traces, or the conservation of net art

by Annet Dekker Net art is built and distributed through a complex, intricate, and interrelated system of networks that presents an assemblage of art, technology, politics, and social relati... Read more →

Webcams as cinematic medium: Creating chronotopes of the real

by Paula Albuquerque [T]he likelihood of being captured by the relentless mechanical eyes of the surveillance cameras, webcams and all sorts of portable camera devices has arguably turned ou... Read more →

Poetics and politics of the trace: Notes on surveillance practices through Harun Farocki’s work

by Miriam De Rosa Found footage and archive images, split-screen or a multiplication of the image on screen, a replacement of the original soundtrack with commentary, a detached voice-over a... Read more →

The navigational gesture: Traces and tracings at the mobile touchscreen interface

by Nanna Verhoeff & Heidi Rae Cooley While touchscreen technology has been around since at least 1974 it did not become widely available on the consumer market until the 2007 release of ... Read more →

Past memories for a new future: The 70th Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia

From 28 August-7 September 2013 the Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia celebrated its 70th edition.[1] It is the oldest film festival in the world and the first ‘int... Read more →