Mind the Screen

Mind the Screen: Media Concepts According to Thomas Elsaesser, edited by Jaap Kooijman, Patricia Pisters, Wanda Strauven (Amsterdam University Press, 2008)

altMind the Screen pays tribute to the work of the pioneering European film scholar Thomas Elsaesser, author of several volumes on media studies and cinema culture. Covering a full scope of issues arising from the author's work—from melodrama and mediated memory to avant-garde practices, media archaeology, and the audiovisual archive—this collection elaborates and expands on Elsaesser's original ideas along the topical lines of cinephilia, the historical imaginary, the contemporary European cinematic experience, YouTube, and images of terrorism and double occupancy, among other topics.

Besides his ongoing passion for classical Hollywood and (European) auteur cinema, Elsaesser has kept a sharp eye out for historical, institutional, and technological changes related to audiovisual media. In January 2008, at an Amsterdam conference on the video vortex of the Web 2.0 revolution, he proposed to picture contemporary image culture as a living organism with cell growth and selection which requires a different set of analytical tools than the study of a single master-piece. This combination of cinephile passion for the silver screen with its aesthetic and historical implications on the one hand, and mindfulness of new developments in screen culture on the other, has always characterized Elsaesser's approach, making him one of the most important first-generation film scholars to have contributed to the establishment of film, television, and media studies within academia.

Contributions from well-known artists and scholars such as Mieke Bal and Warren Buckland explore a range of media concepts and provide a mirror for the multi-faceted types of screens active in Elsaesser's work, including the television set, video installation, the digital interface, the mobile phone display, and of course, the hallowed silver screen of our contemporary film culture.

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