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06 Videogame Art
Challenging and Provocative

10 José María Rodríguez Méndez
Troubling Postcards from the Past

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Some Hidden Dimensions

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16 Television’s New Engine
The Principle of the TV Format

21 Indexed Lights
Computers and the History of Art

25 Media and Democracy
A Strange Paradox

25 Pride and Panic
Russian Imagination of the West in Post-Soviet Film
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Videogame Art Challenging and Provocative
By Grethe Mitchell and Andy Clarke
lthough a comparatively new medium, videogames have rapidly emerged to become an established cultural form, taking their place alongside television and film. Yet while television and film are now, for the most part, acceptable to all, videogames retain an air of danger and degeneracy and are frequently vilified in public debates about the state of society. Given this mix of popularity and controversy, it is inevitable that artists have looked to videogames as both their inspiration and their source material. Using the iconography of videogames in artworks is as old as videogames themselves, but a growing number of artists are using the videogames themselves as their artistic medium. Some do this through writing art videogames from scratch (such as Thompson and Craighead’s Trigger Happy); others hack videogame hardware such as Game Boy consoles (for example, Paul Catanese’s Super Ichthyologist Advance); yet others take existing games – usually FPS (‘firstperson shooter’) games such as Quake, Unreal or Half Life and modify these. This latter type of work, created by modifying existing games, is usually referred to as ‘mod art’ and is the most visible form of videogame art. The reasons for this are easy to understand: FPS games provide the artist with a formidable set of features including a real-time 3-D ren6 | Intellect Quarterly

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dering engine with equally realistic 3-D surround sound and a powerful scripting language, and the applications used to modify the games are relatively easy to master. Mod art has sometimes been described, derogatively, as ‘parasitical’ as it relies on commercial videogames, but this description ignores both the practicalities and aesthetics of digital art in general. It, too, is reliant upon proprietary applications (such as Flash or Photoshop) and likewise has elements of appropriation (with or without manipulation) which although they have been around since Duchamp – if not earlier – have come into their own with digital technologies. Digital art presents inherent problems if judged by traditional aesthetic criteria (particularly those which emphasize ‘originality’, ‘uniqueness’ and ‘the hand of the artist’). This does not mean, however, that digital art is invalid; instead, it means that the criteria of assessment need to be re-thought when applied to digital works (including videogame art). So rather than regard mod art as ‘parasitical’, we feel it is more correct to describe it as a virus that produces mutations in its host. Mod artists have found ways to subvert and modify every aspect of the game. They have placed themselves in the game (as in Feng Mengbo’s Q4U); they have turned games into abstract patterns (Jodi’s Untitled Game series) or

musical instruments (Julian Oliver’s QTO); they have created virtual galleries (Fuchs and Eckermann’s Virtual Knowledge Space) and recreated real galleries (Bernstrup and Torsson’s Museum Meltdown series). But it is not just the diversity of the works produced that makes videogame art so interesting. Every example of videogame art is a liminal work as it lies – by definition – at the border between the commercial videogame and the artistic world. This introduces a creative and intellectual tension within the works which is often lacking in other forms of digital art production. Videogame artists routinely use their work to critique the games that they use both as medium and raw material and to provocatively

Below Escape from Woomera by Julian Oliver and others Museum Meltdown by Tobias Bernstrup and Palle Torsson Bottom Mario’s Furniture (2003) by Hillary Mushkin and S. E. Barnet

Videogame Art
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‘Videogame art is becoming more widely exhibited including in major public galleries with many of the artists now having gallery representation and being collected both by major institutions and by private collectors.’
question our relationship to these games. Often they will ‘play’ with the viewer of the artwork – inviting them to interact, but then frustrating their play or actively critiquing their reasons for playing or enjoying videogames in general. Other strategies include producing video installations which highlight the repetitiveness or vacuity of videogames (such as Brody Condon’s Suicide Solution or Stephen Honegger’s Three Hour Donut). But videogame art is not only introspective and self-referential: a substantial number of artists have used games to comment on political and social issues, or on real-life events. Examples of this include Escape from Woomera (by Julian Oliver and others), Dead in Iraq by Joseph Delappe and Waco Resurrection (by Eddo Stern, Brody Condon and others). Just as videogames have entered the cultural mainstream, so videogame art is becoming a recognized part of the art world. Videogame art is becoming more widely exhibited including in major public galleries – such as the Whitney, the Stedelijk and the SF MOMA – and many of the artists involved now have gallery representation and are being collected both by major institutions and by private collectors. We anticipate that this interest will grow and that videogame art will continue to evolve whilst remaining a challenging and provocative alternative to commercial games. {

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Videogames and Art
Edited by Andy Clarke & Grethe Mitchell £29.95 / $55 / ISBN 978-1-84150-142-0

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The Future of Art in a Digital Age
By Mel Alexenberg £29.95 / $60 / ISBN 978-1-84150-136-9

Videogame art is a rapidly emerging genre of digital art and a flourishing area of both critical attention and academic study. A growing number of artists are appropriating the technology and iconography of videogames and their work is being shown in – and collected by – major art institutions worldwide. This book features interviews with many leading videogame artists, as well as with emerging figures in the field. Others provide essays on areas such as gamesconsole hacking and politicallyoriented videogame art which draw on the insights and experience gained from their own artistic practice. There are in-depth analyses of specialist areas such as machinima and contextualizing essays which trace the history of videogame art or draw parallels between the aesthetics of videogames and other forms of art. Overall, this book provides a thorough, yet accessible, introduction to videogame art and will be of interest to all of those interested in the field of videogames.

This book develops the thesis that the transition from premodernism to postmodernism in art of the digital age represents a paradigm shift from the Hellenistic to the Hebraic roots of Western culture. Semiotic and morphological analysis of art and visual culture demonstrate the contemporary confluence between the deep structure of Hebraic consciousness and new directions in art that arise along the interface between scientific inquiry, digital technologies, and multicultural expressions. Complementing these two analytic methodologies, alternative methodologies of kabbalah and halakhah provide postmodern methods for extending into digital age art forms. Exemplary artworks are described in the text and will be illustrated with photographs. ‘Like the Torah itself that Alexenberg refers to regularly, the book is complex. He writes in a lively, engaging style... I found it informative, optimistic, and spiritually refreshing.’ –ROB HARLE, LEONARDO

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Troubling Postcards from the Past
The past may be a foreign country, as L. P. Hartley suggested in The Go-Between, but it is never far from home. By Michael Thompson
paniards have been travelling to the past obsessively – and uncomfortably – in recent years in search of justice, reparation, reconciliation and, above all, their own collective identity. The civil war of 1936 to 1939 resulted in a bloody annexation of national history and identity by the right-wing forces led by Francisco Franco, whose regime occupied the territory and strictly controlled access to it for almost 40 years. The transition to democracy after 1975 was founded upon a series of difficult compromises made possible by a pacto del olvido – an agreement to forget not only the pain and the blame but also the fact that there were precedents for the ‘new’ values of liberty and democracy in that region of the past which was the Spanish Republic. It is only recently that demands for the ‘recuperation of historical memory’ have come to the forefront of political debate, public opinion and media attention, fed by the identification of large numbers of collective graves of the victims of Francoist repression, legal claims for reparations and a stream of previously untold testimonies of suffering, injustice and heroism. A bill presented by the Government in 2006 incorporating various measures intended to provide recognition and reparation to victims and redress the commemorative imbalance left over from Francoism has been fiercely resisted by conservatives reluctant to cast light on the skeletons littering the landscape of the past, as well as by those who feel that the proposed legislation does not go far enough. Historians, creative writers and filmmakers, however, have for some time been rediscovering and re-mapping Spain’s past, including the dark corners of the civil war and the dictatorship. José María Rodríguez Méndez (born in 1925) is a playwright, journalist, essayist and novelist who has insistently made Spanishness in the past and the present the core of his work. My book Performing Spanishness: History, Cultural Identity and Censorship in the Theatre of José María Ro10 | Intellect Quarterly

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dríguez Méndez is a comprehensive study of his theatre from the 1950s to the present, focusing particularly on his history plays and on his representations of cultural identity. He was one of the first dramatists to challenge the Franco regime’s dogmatic, chauvinistic definitions of national history and identity, proposing instead a dynamic view of collective identities emerging from the everyday social performances of popular culture in resistance to official ideologies. In an essay on traditional popular culture published in 1971, Rodríguez Méndez uses the term machismo español to sum up this process of identity construction in a surprising but ultimately productive way that acknowledges the negative gender implications of the conventional meaning of machismo but absorbs them into a broader and more positive concept of collective creativity and rebellion. His plays show communities and individuals (men and women, straight and gay, influential and marginalized) at various moments in Spanish history acting out the spirit of machismo español as a marker of community identity, an enabler of individual self-expression and a means of resistance to the ideological and

‘José María Rodríguez Méndez was one of the first dramatists to challenge the Franco regime’s dogmatic, chauvinistic definitions of national history and identity...’
Rodríguez Méndez in Barcelona / Photograph courtesy of J.M. Rodríguez Méndez

Performing Spanishness
iQuote » “Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.” – Gail Godwin

Right Los inocentes de la Moncloa, Teatro Cómico (Madrid), January 1964 / Photograph by Manuel Martínez Muñoz Far Right La marca del fuego, Real Coliseo Carlos III (San Lorenzo de El Escorial), November 1986 / Photograph by Chicho, courtesy of Centro de Documentación Teatral, Madrid Below El pájaro solitario, CEU San Pablo (Valencia), 1998 / Photograph courtesy of J.M. Rodríguez Méndez

cultural control exercised by the state and by dominant social groups. The other side of the coin is that Rodríguez Méndez offers a bleak picture of contemporary society (since the civil war), in which the participative creativity enabled by traditional forms of popular culture has been eroded by industrialization, political control and the spread of the mass media. This outlook becomes a cynical, sometimes simplistic or reactionary, view of post-Franco Spain which has ensured that he remains as difficult and unorthodox a figure in the liberal, democratic present as he was under the dictatorship. The past in his theatre is a foreign country that is, paradoxically, more Spanish; they do things more colourfully and creatively there. Despite the fact that Rodríguez Méndez’s work never explicitly expressed political opposition to Francoism, he was one of the playwrights whose career was most severely damaged by the strict censorship maintained throughout the life of the regime. His plays provide fascinating case studies of the unpredictable nature and stifling effect of censorship on theatre in Spain in the 1960s and 70s. The censors tended

to be uncertain about how to evaluate them, perceiving something of their profound cultural dissidence – often puzzlingly at odds with an apparently innocuous tone or conventional form – but unable to agree on exactly what made them dangerous. In a sense, Franco’s censors paid Rodríguez Méndez an unwelcome backhanded compliment, fearing his work to be more powerful and subversive than he could have hoped for. In the process, they repeatedly confirmed the political and cultural importance of history and the unsettling power of theatre to make the past simultaneously more foreign and more immediate. {
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Performing Spanishness: History, Cultural Identity and Censorship in the Theatre of José María Rodríguez Méndez
By Michael Thompson | £19.95, $40 ISBN 978-1-84150-134-5
Performing Spanishness delves into the theatre of Spanish dramatist José María Rodríguez Méndez, one of the most significant Spanish playwrights of the twentieth century and an acerbic cultural commentator. This book traces the development of Rodríguez Méndez’s work from the hard times of the Franco dictatorship through the uncertainties of the transition to democracy. Rodríguez Méndez’s theatre is saturated by the socially explosive concept of Spanishness, dramatized as a dazzling range of popular performances of cultural identity in various periods from the middle ages to the present. The author locates this impression in Rodríguez Méndez’s interpretation of ‘machismo español’ as a volatile, universal articulation of Spanish identity charged with the dissident voice of popular resistance to constraining political and ideological structures. The analysis of Rodríguez Méndez’s work from the late 1950s to the mid-70s is enriched by detailed evidence from censors’ reports, providing fascinating case studies of the unpredictability of censorship under a dictatorial regime.

‘In a sense, Franco’s censors paid Rodríguez Méndez an unwelcome backhanded compliment, fearing his work to be more powerful and subversive than he could have hoped for. In the process, they repeatedly confirmed the political and cultural importance of history and the unsettling power of theatre to make the past simultaneously more foreign and more immediate.’

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The Visual in Communication
Some Hidden Dimensions. By Harry Jamieson
he visual as an agent in the communication process has grown in importance as the means or media through which it is transmitted has expanded, but it is rarely explored with the same rigour as that shown for the verbal, as, for example, in linguistics. This state of affairs could be accounted for by its apparent surface level innocence, its engagement with the senses and, thus, it appears closer to the natural order of things. In terms of measurement, its existence as analogue means that it is based upon a continuous scale, upon degrees of difference, rather than the discrete steps accorded to the digital. Even in the case of half-tones in print and electronically generated images, the digitalized is perceived perceptually as analogue, as continuous, not composed from separate elements, such as dots and pixels. When cast in the register of language, a province of the digital, the visual undergoes loss, the loss, for example, of the subtle gradations that the eye can detect in colour and words cannot explain. Likewise, there is an inability to give full expression in language to an aesthetic experience, for example, the feelings engendered when viewing mountain scenery. To these conditions we can also add the insufficiency of words to express adequately the nuances of visually perceived cues in social encounters, which are echoed in film and television. Be that as it may, on closer inspection it will be seen that a proper understanding of the implications of the visual as a medium in the communication process calls for an awareness that goes
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beyond the obvious, beyond its place as a medium given to sight. It calls upon a search for connections and influences that play a part additional to that given to the eye. Thus we are led into fields as diverse as those of, for example, psychology, semiology, information theory and aesthetics. Here we may find a rich source of established research and writing which can be drawn upon and used to uncover the ‘hidden dimensions’ that lie behind the whole enterprise that we call visual communication. At its base it is an intellectual activity, a search for relationships

and an awareness of the influence they exert upon the observable surface of the visual in communication. While at the practical/physical level, visual media has undergone significant developments, from print to photography, including moving images and more recently to computer-generated images, and while its uses and abuses for political and other purposes are raised in media courses, the factors at work within the individual viewer which coalesce to produce visual awareness and visual knowing are rarely brought to the fore. Generally

Visual Communication
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‘The power of the visual in communication relies upon its involvement with perception, the raw perception of being in the world of the senses, and, thus, it may be said that it is closer to nature than other media which are not so clearly identified.’

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speaking, the medium itself becomes the focus of attention, the wizardry of technical innovations casts its spell, the visual assumes its pre-eminence as a carrier of illusions. The power of the visual in communication relies upon its involvement with perception, the raw perception of being in the world of the senses, and, thus, it may be said that it is closer to nature than other media which are not so clearly identified. This raises a paradox that while it carries this potential, its engagement with media introduces an arbitrary element, one that is shaped by social and cultural codes and conditioning. Taken to extremes the medium itself can appear to be reality, if only momentarily, for example the illusion of reality that film and television is able to generate, and, likewise, the illusion of reality that static images known as trompe l’oeil can create. Apart from the illusions which it can generate, visual perception is, by its nature, given to seeing things in contexts; its engagement with the world is always with settings. This attribute, with its closeness to the natural state of things, provides a significant clue not only to the way in which inference or meaning is constructed, but also to the feeling engendered by the form of the visual image, its aesthetic. In both cases it is the relationships between the parts, their spatial proximity, that provides the significant clue to the way in which information is inferred and aesthetic sensibility is felt. However, although the viewer of images is presented with things in spatial proximity, natural in direct perception and artefactual in indirect, mediated perception, it is only an offering of parts; in both instances it calls upon the mind to fuse the parts. The media creator offers parts in juxtaposition, the viewer is called upon to integrate them. It is a dynamic act echoing visual perception itself, it is individual. The fusion that takes place becomes the meaning to that person, or

in the case of aesthetics, the feeling or emotion. Film and television in their role as image generators are perfect examples of this state of things, they are given on screens; things, people and events are portrayed in spatial contexts. The contexts may change serially, over time, as in moving images, but there is always a given or an implied relationship which the viewer has to complete from his or her repertoire of mental connections, it is a search of mind which may be conscious or subconscious. Likewise, in abstract paintings the viewer is called upon to search for relationships between parts which, when made, may evoke feelings without any necessary recourse to verbalization or conceptualization; this we refer to as an aesthetic experience. In all cases, when viewing images, static or moving, the same principle applies; the mind is called upon to perceive or search for relationships, to jump the gaps between parts, to join that which is proximal. The outcome of the search depends not only upon the motivation to carry out the task but the ‘preparedness’ of the mind that is carrying out the task. The ‘in-forming’ – the form that the mind takes as a result of the search, and the connections it makes, is to that person the meaning – or, in the case of the aesthetic, the feeling. The maker of images, moving or static, provides a spatial context in which he or she has placed (or has arranged to be placed) specific elements with the intention that, when fused, the viewer will be informed (in-formed) in the way intended. To the importance of spatial proximity we must add another term that is relevant to the study of visual communication, namely, the place of the icon. Here we move into the shaded territory of the verbal, and here the proximity factor that we saw as a spatial entity shifts to an ideational one. The ground is opened for symbolism, for the icon to be read as metaphor. Thus the relationship that ¥
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we discussed earlier, the one of spatial proximity, is extended to incorporate a further dimension which may be termed ideational proximity. The physicality of the spatial is replaced by ‘the space of the mind’, a search for connections in another mode, in another set, the icon acts as metaphor, standing for something else which has to be drawn from another pool present only in the mind. On the grounds put forward here, we are now in a position to posit a connection with linguistics. The spatial proximity factor and the relationships observed in images is known in linguistics as metonymy, whereas when the image is employed as icon it takes on the mantle of metaphor. The importance of the visual image in this scheme of things is that it can take upon itself, in one image, each of these roles. For example, it can display features that, by their physical proximity within a frame, suggest a particular meaning; it can arouse feelings through the arrangement of the form without concern for meaning; and, it can, as icon, represent an idea, bring to mind something which is not observed but only suggested. However, in all cases, there is a relationship issue. When employed as metonymy, the clue is found in spatial relationships, whereas when employed as metaphor, as icon, the relationship is not there before the eye but in the recesses of the mind. In the first place, that of metonymy, there is a physical presence, in the second, that of metaphor, the presence is one of thought. In this article, some of the unobservable dimensions surrounding the visual in communication have been brought to light, it could be extended to include many others; for example, the tacit dimension, the covert visual cues which inform and govern so much of human intercourse and their employment in moving images. What becomes obvious is that the surface level of the visual hides much deeper strata. {

Above Print by Derrick Hawker, 1975 Right Sibylla Palmifera by D.G. Rosetti, Lady Lever Art Gallery

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Visual Communication: More Than Meets the Eye
By Harry Jamieson | £14.95, $30 ISBN 978-1-84150-141-3
We exist in a visual culture. The importance of reading and interpreting signs has become a rapidly increasing concern in recent years. This book offers an intricate theoretical perspective regarding the study of visual communication and expands the academic arena for debate concerning the visual. Veering away from normative approaches, the author advances with original strides into new ways of understanding the visual experience. Departing from aesthetic and graphic-based directions, the book employs information and language theory to support an enquiry into the connection between perception and linguistics. In dealing with ideas, rather than solutions, the book resonates with a philosophical tenor. However, the author is effective in providing a practical basis for many of the issues discussed alongside this theoretical stance. This book is targeted at a wide range of interdisciplinary readers including media, cultural and communication studies and particularly those with interests in visual theory.

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content. Northern Lights was first published in 2002 and acquired by Intellect in 2006 as an excellent companion to their film studies titles.

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The Soundtrack focuses its attention on the aural elements which combine with moving images. It regards the sounds which accompany the visuals not as a combination of disparate disciplines, but as a unified and coherent entity. In addition to the scholarly contribution of academics, the journal will give voice to the development of professional practice.

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Television’s New Engine
The Principle of the TV Format. By Albert Moran

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elevision is all shook up! In the post-broadcasting present of television, new structures, finances, technologies and players dominate the global mediaspace. One of the most important of these new engines is the new worldwide system for the distribution and production of programming based on the principle of the TV format. All television programs – like all other human artefacts – can be variously copied, imitated, cloned, adapted, counterfeited, parodied and so on quite irrespective of what one thinks of the results. The TV format principle, then, simply increases the adaptability of a program from place to place and from time to time. It does this by systematically gathering together into a total package the set of knowledges, skills, information and other data which will make it easier to produce another version of the program. Hence, one homely way in which the international TV industry thinks about formats is as akin to cooking recipes out of which attractive and engaging concoctions can be prepared. A much more useful way of understanding the TV format is in terms of being a franchising service that producers prepare for licensees in other television territories. A
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franchise from MacDonald’s offers much more than tips on how to prepare hamburgers and fries. Hence, a TV program format franchise is a complex and comprehensive body of knowledge that not only offers a lot of advice on how to make a particular program but also carries significant information and advice in such areas as financing, programming, scheduling, promotion, marketing and so on. However, the full significance of this extension to parts of the service industry of franchising cannot be confined to the phenomenon of worldwide circulation of such formatted programs as Big Brother, Pop Idol and Changing Rooms. Instead, the format principle has acted as Trojan Horse to two highly significant developments in the area of international programming distribution and production. For franchising is, primarily, a means of distributing a service on a large, international scale where the franchise becomes a means of drawing a series of small geographically dispersed companies in the areas of production and transmission into relationship with a centralized body which is in the business of franchising out to nationally local companies. In turn, it is with the latter, often working in

Eddie McGuire in Australia’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire!

‘...one homely way in which the international TV industry thinks about formats is as akin to cooking recipes out of which attractive and engaging concoctions can be prepared.’

conjunction with an experienced visiting producer provided by the licensor, who actually brings the German or the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars into existence. Because much of the latter processes have been templated, it is best to think of this latter set of processes as manufacturing rather than producing. Hence, a second significant effect of the global TV format is to fracture program production into creative work on the one hand and manufacture work on the other and to also despatialize them in the process. Altogether, it is high time that this new engine of international television was better understood and investigated. {

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For about 40 years, RTE’s radio and television channels have played an enormous role in shaping Irish social and cultural life. As the national publicly owned and funded broadcaster, RTE is the biggest cinema, school, sports stadium, market square, performance stage, town crier and concert hall in Ireland. It sets the agenda for the national conversation that drives modern Ireland. This work is a study of the structural transformations now taking place in Irish broadcasting. The book will focus on the broadcasting section generally, but primarily on RTE, as it adjusts to a number of radical changes in the field of forces whose impact began to accelerate in the mid-1990s. The book will take the form of a critical history of the present and an investigation of the future of broadcasting in Ireland. Its analytical framework will be situated within the broader context of contemporary European media policy and trends in the global structure of the cultural industries as they adjust to the deployment of digital compression technology, increasing conglomeration in the media industry worldwide and new regulatory regimes profoundly influenced by the ideology of market liberalism. RTE’s work is frequently shrouded in secrecy and mystique, which means that conspiracy theories abound about how it is governed and how it relates to various power centres in Irish life. This book is firmly aimed at increasing the transparency that should characterise public broadcasting and demystifying this national institution that plays such an enormous role in the cultural and political life of Ireland. There is a huge appetite for such a book because of the general high level of curiosity about the institutional life of the national broadcaster and because no seriously analytical book on RTE has appeared on the market for over twenty years.

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Understanding the Global TV Format
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In this concise and well-researched study, the authors examine the global television format as an entity in itself and monitor the developmental stages from conception to distribution. The book charters the exceptional success of such shows as Big Brother and Who Wants to be a Millionaire and in turn the powerful influence these programmes have commanded in shaping the global television industry. Focusing on the marketing of cultural demand, the TV format is shown to have evolved into a commodity blueprint, which is then imitated, marketed and sold for mass consumption. Understanding the Global TV Format addresses the different stages and issues of the broadcasting business. The book tracks the steps whereby formats are devised, developed and distributed. Major companies are profiled, as are the international markets and festivals at which trade occurs.

Sensing the City through Television: Urban identities in fictional drama
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An investigation of the fictional representations of the city in contemporary British and American television drama, assessing their political, sociological and cultural implications. The book draws on the following five key case studies for specific and detailed analysis: • Queer as Folk • Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City • The Cops • Homicide - Life on the Street • Holding On. Each is discussed in terms of structure, content, characterisation and narrative, and placed within its specific ideological context. The case studies represent an interesting range of British and American cities and city sub-cultures. The author extends his analysis to investigate the intrinsic issues related to the implications of popular and high drama and culture. Featuring excerpts of exclusive interviews with Tony Garnett and members of the production team of The Cops and Tony Marchant and David Snodin of Holding On. As one of the first substantial investigations of the city in television drama, this book reflects a growing general interest in the politics of representation. It is also designed for accommodation into the very popular academic courses on drama and in film and media studies: as a textbook and for supplementary reading.

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Against the claims of the increasing sexualization of culture, one truism is constantly rehearsed – that women have little taste for pornography. In One for the Girls!, a new basis for understanding women’s pleasures in sexually explicit materials is offered, focusing on the production and consumption of For Women magazine. This thought-provoking book argues that theories of harm and women’s subordination have deflected attention away from the lived experiences and practices of pornography. The book examines the ways in which pornography has become a favoured repository of social fears and debunks the myth of the ‘evil pornographer’ producing images of objectified women for troubled male viewers. By focusing on an individual publication, this book illuminates the ways in which pornography is a social product and subject to a range of institutional practices which influence its styles and presentations.

Reclaiming the Media Edited by Bart Cammaerts and Nico Carpentier
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It hardly goes uncontested anymore that media organizations play an important role in democracy. The main questions have now become whether the contemporary media conjuncture offers enough to our democracies, how their democratic investment can be deepened and how our communication rights can be expanded. This book looks at four thematic areas that structure the opportunities for democratizing (media) democracy. Section one is devoted to citizenship and the public spheres, giving special attention to the general theme of communication rights. Section two elaborates further on a notion central to communication rights, namely that of participation. Section three returns to the traditional representational role in relation to democracy and citizenship, scrutinizing and criticizing the democratic efforts of contemporary journalism. Section four moves outside of the (traditional) media system, and deals with the diversity of media and communication strategies of activists.

Film, Drama and the Break-Up of Britain By Steve Blandford
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This book engages with ideas that are highly topical and relevant: nationalism, nationhood and national identity as well as the relationship of these to post-colonialism. However, it does so within the broad field of drama. Examining the debates around the relationship between culture and national identity, the book documents the contributions of actual dramatists and film-makers to the chronicling of an important historical moment. Breaking down what have been traditional barriers between theatre, film and television studies, the text takes into consideration the very broad range of ways in which the creators of dramatic fictions are telling us stories about ourselves at a time when the idea of being ‘British’ is increasingly problematic. A very wide range of material is discussed in the book, ranging from box-office hits such as The Full Monty to communitybased theatre in Scotland and Wales.

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Practice-Led Research
Q&A with Graeme Harper, editor of The Journal of Creative Industries

Practice-led research is getting a lot of attention lately in the Arts, Film and Media around universities in Britain? What does it mean?

That’s the question on everyone’s lips! The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is currently investigating what the various subject communities mean by ‘practice-led research’. Subject associations from Architecture, Fine Art, Art and Design, Dance and Drama, Music and Creative Writing, among others, are considering this, and a national Steering Committee has been set up by the AHRC, and will report back in early 2007. Without preempting what the AHRC Committee and Subject Associations might say my definition would be ‘research undertaken through creative practice, most often resulting in the production of an original piece of creative work’. So practice-led research means creative practice? To a large extent. However... ! Many practice-led research projects also incorporate some record or element of critical analysis. I call this a piece of ‘responsive critical understanding’. That is, something that shows the creative practitioner understands their own practice and the practice of others, within context, and is able to respond to this and show that understanding. This is also important in a university environment because universities need to show that, through teaching and research, they have enhanced a body of knowledge, and the practitioner’s critical response assists in articulating that knowledge gain in such things, say, as postgraduate research degrees in filmmaking or creative writing or digital media production or drama. Doesn’t that make such postgraduate degrees almost two degrees? That’s something that can happen, if the thing is done badly. It’s important to see the creative practice and the critical understanding as a complete package, not as two separate things. But don’t you think this kind of research can have a negative effect: that it might make creative practice ‘academic’ rather than about the creating of something in its own right? That’s an interesting angle to consider. Firstly, we have to remember that Higher Education has always involved higher learning in creative practice. Always! From Plato’s Academy onward and elsewhere, beyond the western world, places of higher learning have been places of advanced creative practice. Secondly, we have to wonder why the explication and examination of practice in the creative industries subjects still concerns some people – it’s as if somehow Romantic ideas about creative genius pre- ¥ Video Conference Glass Cube, CAST (Bangor) / Photo: GH

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vail and are undermined by close consideration of creative practice. They don’t and, anyway, they’re not! What does undermine creative practice, I believe, is a failure to give it university kudos; that is, a failure to recognize its importance in and around universities. That lack of kudos we have to work on and counter by promoting universities as places of creative teaching and creative practice research. What kinds of things have you seen going on in practice-led research? The list is not as endless as it might be! Certainly areas of thematic study: someone producing a film or a novel or a set of paintings based on a theme, and then investigating that theme as a cultural phenomenon. Areas also of structural and form-based research: practice-led researchers attempting to evolve an established creative form and, then, investigating in their critical responses the historical context and then contemporary difficulty of moving that particular form on. Also, areas of research involving the links between self and society through creative works – whether new media, drama, film, music or otherwise. Sometimes the latter focuses on looking at other individual practitioners and their contributions, modes of working, or life histories and then producing original work that reflects on the links between that creative and working life and the practice-led researcher’s own creative work. At present what limits the range of practice-led research going on is perhaps not so much a lack of ideas. If that were the case we’d be in trouble! What limits the range is a lack of a set of practiceled research definitions, theories and models in our fields and, thus, a lack of confidence that such research will be supported by universities and research councils. So that is what the AHRC is currently considering? Yes. The importance of current national discussions on practice-led research cannot be overemphasized. Creative practice is a mode of engaging with the World, and it is a mode of examining the things and ideas in and around us, investigating them, exchanging ideas about them, advancing our engagement with, and understanding of, them. The range of practiceled research in Britain is already cutting edge in many ways, but as yet it is not as well recognized and internationally known as it could be. The new Creative Industries interest from governments worldwide has helped to raise questions about practiceled research that should have been asked some time ago. But that’s fine – we can ask them

now. And make inroads into answering them! What kind of questions? Quite basic, but fundamental, ones. Such as: where is practice-led research taking place? What activities does practice-led research cover? Who is doing practice-led research? Who financially supports practice-led research – currently at least? How is practice-led research acknowledged? Those kinds of things. Questions about the research itself, but also about its cultural, economic and societal importance. So – the future of practice-led research, then? Is very exciting, for starters! It’s full of possibilities around the idea of exploring ideas, subjects and themes through the production of original creative work. Fantastic possibilities! Once better acknowledgement is given to this type of activity as a way of investigating, examining and responding to questions then more opportunities arise to create collaborative work, to link up creative practitioners with critical specialists in order to investigate modes of human understanding, to support cutting-edge creative projects that might reveal more about ourselves and our World, as well as enhance the dimensions of culture. Similarly, cross-cultural work, work between arts and sciences, thoughts about technologies and their impact on creative practice. This is just a small cross section of the probable future. Much of this is happening already, but it is often poorly supported financially, and sometimes poorly supported politically, within universities. The future is about recognizing the university as a creative place and a place of excellence in learning, and making more of the wonderful link between those two important things. {

‘The range of practice-led research in Britain is already cutting edge in many ways, but as yet it is not as well recognized and internationally known as it could be.’

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Art & Design
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Indexed Lights
Text by Pierre Auboiron ‘The artist is always engaged in writing a detailed history of the future because he is the only person aware of the nature of the present’. – Wyndham Lewis
ne of the most vivid modern metaphors for light is its allegoric our streets safer, has swiftly become a powerful tool which rationalizes embodiment of electricity. Although invisible, electricity is of- and signposts the City at nightfall. At night, a city is first announced from ten represented by brightly coloured sparks and flashes. In the the distance to an approaching traveller by its diffused lights in the sky. collective consciousness light is the true substance of electricity. On a However, owing to the development and democratization of new techcomputer, small flickering lights indicate an active hard drive or network nologies, urban lighting schemes have entered a new age and, accomconnection. Many people are familiar with the image of HAL, the computer panying this, an alternative and oneiric approach to light has emerged. which played a leading role in Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001, A Space Odyssey. This has lead to a significant break with the traditional comprehension HAL’s physical presence was manifested by a visual sensor: a simple lens of light in the City. lit by an inner, reddish glow. Arthur C. Clark describes HAL as a simple Two artists in particular have embraced this new approach to urban ‘spherical lens’ in his epic. The red glow lighting: the French light designer Yann was Kubrick’s addition; it allowed him Kersalé and the Japanese architect Toyo to animate HAL with an inner fire giving Ito in collaboration with the engineer Kaoru Mende. Using very complex lighting HAL a disconcertingly human feel. This systems, made of sensors and computers, is directly linked with both metaphorical these artists can materialize and visualand metaphysical aspects of light: since ize environmental phenomena such as the origin of humankind, light has represented and embodied what is invisible noises, draughts, the current of a river and invisible human activity on the buildings and intangible, as well as what has disappeared. themselves. Thereby they intend to make Visual culture is here and now and its hebuildings fit back into their historical and socio-geographical environment. gemony within our cities no longer needs – ralph lombreglia This type of project is not exclusively to be proved. Light, being the essence of any visual communication, and new techJapanese or French. When Jonathan Speirs nologies, as prevailing information vecwas asked in 1996 to design the lighting NEW INTELLECT TITLE FUTURES PAST: tors, have both played a leading role in of the technical tower of Bridgewater Hall 30 YEARS OF ARTS COMPUTING n the hegemonic expansion of visuality in in Manchester, he decided to turn it into a the City. The proliferation of neon signs, Tower of Time. There are three different light plasma screens, and lighted shop windows are all symptomatic. The his- indexations: the interior lighting changes according to the zodiac cycle, tory of urbanism tells us that the City has always been the birthplace of while light ‘on the exterior reflects the time of year, starting with green for every paroxysm: technological, social, cultural, artistic and economic. spring, and running through yellow, red and blue, denoting each subseFrom this perspective, the City has, naturally, become the temple where quent season in a gradual wash of colour’. Last but not least, lines of light all forms of visual media are not just celebrated but even over-consumed. tubing delineate the eight storeys of the building and indicate the day of Cities have become the privileged scene of this complete and radical trans- the week. This complex abstract clock obviously echoes ancient observaformation of the rhythm of human society. A new architectural approach tories like Stonehenge and the ancient desire to adjust human activity to to light has become widespread: in the course of the last few years the natural cycles. In 1997, James Turrell was commissioned to light the office building novelty of new architecture lies more in the way that it is illuminated than in its outer design. and computer centre for the natural gas industry, the Verbundnetz AG in Architects and town planners have always obsessively sought to master Leipzig. The building is totally self-sufficient in terms of energy due to light, but it has proved ever-elusive. The discovery of electricity and its both its own gas-fuelled power station and to a system adjusting the heatlarge-scale generation provided the first true opportunity to push back ing and air-circulating systems. The artist decided to index his lighting to the night. From this perspective, light, which was initially used to make this autarchic technological world. The light colours vary according to the

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temperature that the energy supplier provides. According to Turrell, ‘Light should be a material with which we build’. This suggestion echoes among light designers throughout the last third of the twentieth century. Thanks to the sensitive application of new technologies, these artists make concepts and aspects of our everyday life visible and more tangible. Thereby, they try to fight the decline in interpersonal communication in today’s urban life which is one of the results of increasing visuality. In this instance, computers, associated with light, act like prostheses and compensate for our inability to comprehend our environment in its entire complexity. They materialize phenomena we can no longer perceive because we have developed our visual sense to the detriment of our other senses. Here the artist’s work does not deal with creating something new but with making existing things visible. Ito, Turrell, or Kersalé, do not claim to produce an aesthetic experience in their work. They do not use light for its ability to mesmerize, but for its ability to embody the intan-

gible. They teach us how to look again at our direct environment by looking beyond the static, aesthetic veneer which now covers and conceals all aspects of society. Kaoru Mende commented that ‘we are getting fewer opportunities to enjoy the sense of changing time. Part of the reason is that we have become accustomed to lighting environments which always stay the same.’ Thanks to this visual experience, people are becoming visually aware of the complex and highly interwoven societal system in which we live. This concurs with the desire of contemporary architects to incorporate light as a material in its own right as well as providing nocturnal visibility, when designing public buildings. From this perspective, they offer a more organic and intimate perception of their buildings by depriving them of any precise outlines and invading them with light. We may now moderate the widespread notion that computLeft and Below Le théâtre-temps (1993–) ers are synonymous with a cold © Yann Kersalé – AIK and sanitized individuality. For Above La ville-fleuve (1991–1998) © Yann Kersalé – AIK instance, when Yann Kersalé or Toyo Ito tell the story of a particular building or district, they force the viewer to gaze afresh at the world. The current association of light and new technologies in large Light Festivals represents a new step in today’s re-appropriation of our urban and technological environments. The City has become much more than a simple artistic subject, it is now a large-scale location for societal experimentation. It seems that the last gaps in dreams must be sought in the eye of the visual whirlwind itself, in other words, in the City itself. {

‘They teach us how to look again at our direct environment by looking beyond the static, aesthetic veneer which now covers and conceals all aspects of society.’

Pierre Auboiron is a Ph.D. student of Contemporary Art History at Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris. His research is concerned with light as a material in current artistic practices, such as installations, videos, projections, architecture and theatre. Drawing on his background in visual electrophysiology and his interest in visual semiotics, he is currently writing a textbook of visual physiology for Art History students.

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Art & Design
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ESTABLISHED IN 1985, Computers and the History of Art (CHArt) is an independent, international group of academics, students and professionals. CHArt looks at the transformation that Arts and Art History are undergoing through engagement with digital technology. CHArt’s original, largely university-based, membership was augmented over the years by members from museums and art galleries, as well as individuals involved in the management of visual and textual archives and libraries. More recently CHArt has become a forum for the exchange of ideas concerned with all aspects of visual culture. CHArt continues to promote this activity in a number of ways. CHArt publications draw from the CHArt annual, two-day conference, which focuses on topical issues and current developments in the field. Papers and a newsletter are published online at www.chart. ac.uk. Papers also appear in the CHArt Yearbook, which has been published by Intellect Books since 2005.

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Edited by Anna Bentkowska-Kafel, Trish Cashen and Hazel Gardiner £19.95, $40.00 / ISBN 978-1-84150-116-1
This collection of papers represents the variety, innovation and richness of significant presentations made at the CHArt Conferences of 2001 and 2002. Some show new methods of teaching being employed, making clear in particular the huge advantages that IT can provide for engaging students in learning and interactive discussion. It also shows how much is to be gained from the flexibility of the digital image‚ or could be gained if the road block of copyright is finally overcome. Some papers here show how it also offers the opportunity of exploring the structure of images and dealing with the fascinating possibilities offered by digitisation for visual analysis, searching and reconstruction. Another challenging aspect covered here are the possibilities offered by digital media for new art forms. One point that emerges is that digital art is not some discreet practice, separated from other art forms. It is rather an approach that can involve all manner of association with both other art practices and with other forms of presentation and enquiry, demonstrating that we are witnessing a revolution that affects all our activities and not one that simply leads to the establishment of a new discipline to set alongside others.

Futures Past: Thirty Years of Arts Computing | Computers & the History of Art Series Vol. 2
Edited by Anna Bentkowska-Kafel, Trish Cashen and Hazel Gardiner £19.95, $40.00 / ISBN 978-1-84150-168-0
Eleven contributors to this volume reflect upon the unprecedented ways in which digital media have been transforming art practice, study and education. The authors – researchers, teachers, custodians of art collections and picture libraries, and an artist – cover a wide range of issues, arguing for a more profound understanding of digital culture. With the benefit of hindsight it is now possible to look at futures past and assess the disparities between earlier visions of the future and reality. Frank accounts are given of projects which had promised great advances but failed to deliver, and others that have not only survived but continue to flourish. Another account demonstrates how an individual can make a difference to students’ learning by applying new technologies in a very pragmatic way. One of the most exciting advancements hinted at in this volume are the ways in which communities of interest are developing shared resources and cultivating a richer use of common vocabulary and standards to transmit an abundance of knowledge and experience. A look forward to the Semantic Web promises an even wider sharing of knowledge.

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exclusive interview living alone iQuote » “All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.” – M. McLuhan

Media and Democracy A Strange Paradox
By Paolo Baldi and Uwe Hasebrink
FEW PEOPLE would disagree with the idea that broadcasting is one of the most important facilitators of the democratic process. European citizens are constantly asked to express their views and opinions on increasingly complex issues: consequently they have developed legitimate expectations regarding the broadcasting output, notably to providing the cultural resources required for a full and modern citizenship. From the Iraq conflict to the European elections (including the vote on the EU Constitution); from the reforms of educational or pension funding systems to the debate on the climate or nutrition changes, European citizens need to be appropriately involved by the media. They need extensive coverage, accurate treatment and editorial independence. Beyond news, citizens expect ‘knowledge oriented’ programming. The very concepts of democracy and welfare are based on such simple but vital provision of civic services. Everybody agrees on that. But if we look at the (recent) impoverishment of the television programming and – in parallel – at the difficulties that national governments and media authorities encounter in regulating (that is, improving) the broadcasting
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‘From the Iraq conflict to the European elections... from the reforms of educational or pension funding systems to the debate on the climate or nutrition changes, European citizens need to be appropriately involved by the media.’
output we discover a real paradox: a discrepancy between declared political objectives and the available television output. As a matter of fact, broadcasters (including the public service broadcasters) are probably the most reluctant institutions – and here is the paradox – in accepting to be accountable to society. In other sectors of activity – like the financial one – social responsibility, corporate governance, accountability and transparency have recently acquired the status of ‘serious’ issues to be urgently addressed: in all sectors except in what is unanimously called the ‘most important’ one: the broadcasting sector. This situation has its social costs. Inferior programming cannot be considered simply as a ‘bad show’ that people are not obliged to watch. The growing presence of poor programming in the European schedules prevents any other type of programming reaching viewers. Too many and too important are the sectors of the society – health, employment, environment, education, etc. – that are damaged by poor programming. In short, beyond the moralistic attitude that demonizes ‘trash’ or ‘cheap’ television, there is a more simple and urgent issue of knowledge availability. The multiplication of the digital platforms (Internet, broadband, mobile phone, etc.) does not change the nature of the problem and its political urgency. Television is still playing a central role in our lives as we are still spending an important part of our time watching what few and increasingly concentrated media corporations produce and disseminate via the classic platforms (cable, satellite and terrestrial) or the new digital ones. As a matter of fact, the broadcasting output

– in all its variety of genres (news, sports, movies, cartoons, events, etc.) – is still the ‘golden content’ that all the platform operators in all the countries are fighting for. In short, television programming is and will be – regardless the platform that we will use or the ‘screen’ we will watch – the primary source of information that people have at their disposal for shaping their opinions and for participating, therefore, in the democratic process. { FURTHER READING

Broadcasters and Citizens in Europe
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In this book, five authors present the main results of an extensive programme of research that was financed by the European Commission. The study was conducted in 29 European countries and each author analyses European trends from different but complementary perspectives: from the broadcasters’ side (media accountability and responsibility, including the key role of Public Service Broadcasting); from the citizens’ side (viewers’ participation mechanisms) and from the regulatory side (legal instruments which protect viewers’ rights).

Film Studies
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Pride and Panic
By Yana Hashamova
PRIDE AND PANIC: Russian Imagination of the West in Post-Soviet Film examines film images, characters and themes in order to investigate how Russia has reacted and adjusted to the expansion of western capital and culture in Russia itself. My analysis focuses generally on Russian films produced after the collapse of the Soviet Union, paying special attention to those made during the last five to six years – a period in which the Russian film industry began to revive and became more marketoriented, fully reflecting social angst. In drawing on film imagery, I address a number of compelling questions: How is the image of the other constructed in recent Russian film? Is it possible to embrace a foreign culture and be simultaneously afraid of it? How does this fear affect the perception of self and other in an ever-changing identity formation? What are the fantasies and defenses that operate when national and cultural identity is in flux? This book studies Russia’s imagination of the West as it developed at the turn of the millennium, an imagination which in its shifting sentiments, fantasies, fears and anxieties resembles changes similar to those the adolescent undergoes in search of a more stable

Russian Imagination of the West in Post-Soviet Film
and permanent identity. Russian national identity adjusts to staggering political, social, economic and cultural transformations occurring in Russia and in the global world. In this adjustment, the Russian collective imagination reacts to the western presence in Russian society and culture as it exhibits disparate attitudes that take the form of superfluous and impatient relations with the (western) other, aggressive and paranoid urges, complete rejection of external (western) models, search for positive internal sources (past and culture) for identification, and a more mature and reflective perception of self (Russia) and other (West) with their constructive and destructive aspects. Attempting to establish links between political ideology, psychoanalysis and cinema, I have also traced the shifting dynamics of Russia’s fantasy of the West as it appears in post-Soviet cinema. Thus, my cultural critique (literate in fantasy) of early 1990s films reveals the apparently illusionary nature of this fantasy as manifested in clichéd images and patriotic messages. The collapse of the Berlin Wall tempted Russian viewers with unimagined opportunities, but, as it becomes clear in the films, these opportunities were deceptive and the fantasy of

Storozheva’s The Frenchman

Barber of Siberia and Sokurov’s Russian Ark turn the Russian viewers’ attention to Russia’s rich history of honor, dignity and loyalty to one’s country, as well as world-class culture, and, thus, its potential for a glorious future. There are films that testify to a more diverse discourse of anxieties and fantasies that not only produce aggression but also deflate it. Peculiarities of the National Hunt in Fall and Cuckoo encourage understanding and acceptance of difference. Rogozhkin advocates agreement and friendship and resists hatred and violence. Of Freaks and Men even suggests Russia’s

‘Russia has continually shocked the world. It implemented Marxist theories – the first in the world to do so – much to Marx’s own disbelief in that country’s readiness for revolution.’
the West remained potent. In the mid-1990s when the West became a part of Russian life, the distance between the (Russian) subject and his/her fantasy collapsed and new fantasies emerged, namely aggressive anti-western sentiments as well as admiration for Russia’s moral superiority (evident in Balabanov’s films). To compensate for a global traumatic experience, Russia’s search for a new national identity finds expressions in films that glorify Russia’s uniqueness in history, art and religion. Mikhalkov’s The own destructive attitudes and the way it is capable of victimizing its own ethnic others. Russia’s entanglement with the West also becomes apparent in films that portray romantic relationships between Russian and western characters. Russian viewers’ desire to find happiness in a union that transgresses national borders is inscribed in films such as On Deribasovskaia, Window to Paris, The Barber of Siberia, Gods’ Envy, and The Frenchman. Most of these films, however, deny the possibility of such happiness, which in ¥

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Q&A
iQuote » “An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo

turn speaks of political, social and historical conditions hostile to international relationships. The desire to identify with one’s country and its problems reigns over the desire to be cosmopolitan. Over the last two centuries, Russia has continually shocked the world. It implemented Marxist theories – the first in the world to do so – much to Marx’s own disbelief in that country’s readiness for revolution. Ready or not, the October Revolution shook the world with its attempt to liberate people from their idols (money, property and religion) and in its own way prepared the postmodern rearrangement of knowledge by questioning all traditions. This book uncovers Russia’s latent desires and fantasies in her relations with the West, but in spite (or because) of them, Russia has always been a fascinating place, with its mixture of globe-shaking politics and world-class culture. The future – whatever it holds – promises nothing less. { FURTHER READING

Loving Books and the Life of the Mind
Q&A with Robert W. Lawler
Why did you choose Intellect as your publisher? When I met Masoud Yazdani many years ago at Le Centre Mondial L’Informatique in Paris, I was impressed both by his intellectual seriousness and geniality. He was very helpful as a consulting editor with Ablex before Intellect. I knew his values in regard to scholarship and supporting authors would be primary values of Intellect as well. This was an obvious choice for me. How many books have you published with Intellect and why? The two pioneering volumes of Artificial Intelligence and Education were published by Ablex as was Case Study and Computing, with Kathleen Carley, Professor of Sociology at Carnegie Mellon. That book is both a defense of the Case Method in the social sciences and concrete examples of such studies – that work contains ideas for data organizations and analysis that will be useful whether access is local or through the Internet. Learning and Computing was my first book published by Intellect. It is designed to be accessible to non-specialist readers and to bring together my papers in Computing, Education, Psychology and Artificial Intelligence. What is the underlying argument put forward in your books? Professionally my life has revolved around the use of case studies in exploring the nature of knowledge. My books are less like scholastic argument than trips taken, observations made and conclusions drawn. My companions on these trips are diverse heroes I’ve known, ranging from humanist savants such as Susanne Langer and Piaget through scientists from Pauling and Feynman to Warren McCulloch and Minsky, and psychologists from Kurt Lewin to Robert White – and, of course, the diverse polymaths I’ve enjoyed working with, as different as Papert and Selfridge – as well as the poets who always whisper in my ear during quiet times. Clearly books are an important part of your life. How did that happen? Where I grew up, the local library was a nearby place I could explore on my own. I remember looking into Spinoza’s attempt to axiomatize

‘When I was young, libraries were a place I could explore on my own. Books became places to seek answers to the deepest questions and, even more, places to discover good questions to ask.’

Pride and Panic: Russian Imagination of the West in Post-Soviet Film
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Robert W. Lawler
iQuote » “Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.” – Virginia Woolf

ethics – and pursuing many other ‘dead ends’ – but I also encountered there Peter Viereck’s book The Unadjusted Man, focused on individual freedom and the value of western civilization in providing more and various ‘burrows of freedom’ in which such independent people could exist. When I was young, libraries were one such place. Books became places to seek answers to the deepest questions and, even more, places to discover good questions to ask. There, too, I found N. J. Berrill’s book Man’s Emerging Mind, a lodestone of my intellectual journey. I’ve heard your colleague Minsky is publishing a new book. Is it an important one? When I mention other thinkers to him, Minsky always asks, ‘What’s really profound in the work of X?’ So it’s appropriate then to ask, ‘What’s really profound in the work of Minsky?’ Many years ago, Marvin (Minsky, ed.) mentioned how hard it was to write academically respectable articles about his view of mind. I urged him then to write a sequel to The Society of Mind, arguing for a future suite of web pages, with all the lexicographical simplicity of structured programs, reflecting in its variety the variety of aspects of mind. The aim? To create a foundation for a new generation of AI research, a foundation permitting and supporting future research efforts branching off from the proposals and challenges each page could suggest. This idea, which Marvin surely had thought of himself too, may have had a special appeal to him because it directly addressed a theme close to his heart, the importance of engaging adolescent geniuses in a discipline somewhat like mathematics, where

early creativity is most frequently found. So, future students will be able to look here for research problems and ideas. I would describe the two volumes of The Society of Mind and The Emotion Machine as a conceptual armory for attacking the kludge-like structure and function of our evolved minds. If this is more than merely a collection of popularized ideas, tell me why. The deepest root here lies in the long division between psychology and Artificial Intelligence. In The Emotion Machine, the three most frequently referenced psychologists are Freud (for his structural creativity), Williams James and Aristotle. The Harvard psychologist Sheldon White suggested to me, after reading an early draft of The Emotion Machine, that Minsky should look into the ways that his view of mind was similar to that of William James. Marvin found his ideas very congenial. The prominence of Aristotle in The Emotion Machine is amusing to those of us who know of Marvin’s long engagement with science fiction. His friend Van (A. E. Van Vogt) wrote the sci-fi masterpiece The World of Null-A, which followed Korzybski’s argument that contemporary science shows we live in a non-Euclidean, non-Newtonian and non-Aristotelian universe (respectively in terms of both space-time and mentally coping with experience). This is appropriate to mention, because the dramatic climax of The World of Null-A focuses on the slogan ‘the negative judgment is the peak of mentality’ (from A. N. Whitehead, Process and Reality). But it is also deep, in pointing to a profound aspect of Minsky’s The

Emotion Machine – it’s appreciation of the power of negative thinking. Every mathematician knows there is no argument so powerful as a counter-example. Life provides counterexamples to our mis-conceptions. Minsky describes internal criticism as a structural key to the adaptation and learning in an evolved nervous system, which creates and explains the very possibility of mind such as we embody. How would you summarize your appreciation of this new book? It is more than a book. I think here of a question the playwright DeVigny asks, ‘What is a great life, if not a youthful idea made real with the focus and perseverance of the mature mind?’ The Emotion Machine and The Society of Mind together realize Minsky’s vision of a general theory of intelligence covering mind as embodied in biological and electronic machines. Minsky’s life work is a successful effort to re-conceive our understanding of knowledge and thinking through computationbased description of structures and functions necessary for the existence and behaviour of mind. His work is distinguished by a commitment to mechanistic descriptions that cross from the common sense of everyday experience to more exotic sciences derived from the deepest examination of reality. The Emotion Machine will become the ground for a new generation of research. This book is the finest and most accessible single work of cognitive science your audience members will encounter in their lifetimes. I certainly have a feeling for how important books have been in your life and how intertwined for you are scholarly works and the lives of

friends and the enduring affection you feel for other scholars. So we publishers have their lives in our hands, not just their books. If digital libraries come to dominate the future, as they are rapidly doing, that is certainly true. It is an awesome responsibility for men of scholarly sensibilities. But there is even more. Inasmuch as the delight I have had in such friends and their books gives rise to a deep sense of gratitude – even of an indebtedness that almost amounts to obligation – this is also a ground of inspiration, the source of goals and energy for future work for me and for future generations as well. Also, on the grand scale, books are the communication lines for the whole world’s life of the mind (what a grand business Intellect is in) and your commitment to work at the frontier of these modern technologies is a great service you have committed to provide for that long conversation which is the heart and soul of human culture. We’ve gone on a long time, and we haven’t even talked about your work. Let me say simply, then, that it is ongoing and continues to be inspired, both technically and in terms of the goals I’ve set, by the ideas and values of these, my heroes, as I pursue the questions voiced by John Berrill: Who am I? Where have I come from? Where am I going? Why am I going there? I’ve made these questions my own as well, still following Robert White’s case study method, believing with Kurt Lewin that studies of individuals not only exemplify laws of psychology but embody and reveal those laws. {

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Book Reviews
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FILM STUDIES

Cinemas of the Other: A Personal Journey with Film-makers from the Middle East and Central Asia
By Gonul Dönmez-Colin Reviewed by Parviz Jahed
s an Iranian Ph.D. student working on the origins of the new wave in Iranian cinema, I have faced an immense lack of knowledge about the historical aspects of Iranian cinema in English resources. Whereas most of western film critics and film historians are focused on the recent flow of Iranian cinema and film-makers like Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Jafar Panahi and other newcomers, it seems that the forerunners of the modern Iranian cinema such as Ebrahim Golestan and Farrokh Ghaffari, who had a great role on the formation of new Iranian cinema, were totally ignored. In the meanwhile, except for Kiarostami, there are hardly even any talks about the other film-makers of that generation, like Dariush Mehrjui and Bahram Bayzaee who formed the new wave of Iranian cinema before the Islamic revolution. That is why I think Gonul DönmezColin’s book, which provides excellent interviews with the above three Iranian film-makers of that generation, is unique. Although the book is not limited to Iranian cinema, the interviews with Iranian film-makers construct the main part of it. It seems that Iranian cinema was so important for DönmezColin when she refers to it as ‘the most vibrant and challenging cinema of the Middle East’.
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The relative long introduction of the book shows Dönmez-Colin as a well-informed researcher familiar with the region and looking at the national cinema of the region with a particular approach. With a remarkable knowledge on the history of Iran and Iranian cinema,

She met Makhmalbaf twice, first during the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in 1995 and then at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1996. She also met Dariush Mehrjui in France where both of them served on the jury of the International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in 2005. In her interview with Bayzaee, which took place in Istanbul at the Istanbul Film Festival, Bayzaee, who is an outspoken figure in Iranian cinema, talks openly about his films and life without any fear of the censorship or further consequences. By putting together the views of film-makers from different generations and with a different background, Dönmez-Colin gives her reader a chance to be familiar with some new aspects of Turkish and Iranian cinema

‘Instead of relying on the second-hand information and resources in the West about the ‘Other Cinema’, Dönmez-Colin has tried to gather fresh information by contacting the film-makers directly.’
Dönmez-Colin has succeeded in doing some interesting and challenging interviews with Iranian film-makers. Despite several books which were published recently on Iranian or Middle East cinema, it seems that these cinemas still remain unexplored and need to be examined precisely; lets leave alone the Central Asian cinema which is suffering from a serious lack of knowledge and investigations. Instead of relying on the secondhand information and resources in the West about the ‘Other Cinema’, Dönmez-Colin has tried to gather fresh information by contacting the filmmakers directly. She has travelled from Middle East countries to Central Asia to conduct the interviews, attending film festivals and other film events where she had a chance to meet the film-makers. or other territories. Apparently there is nothing similar between Kiarostami’s documentary style and Bayzaee’s ritual, mythical cinema or even Mehrjui’s philosophical and thoughtful films about the Iranian middle-class modern life at all. But, according to Dönmez-Colin’s book, what relates these film-makers to each other, despite their different approaches towards cinema, is their ability to work under similarly hard conditions. In the current climate of Hollywood dominance, economical limitations and state censorship have jeopardized their professional position. The film festivals and distribution systems of the West imposed their tastes and tendencies onto the national film-makers, which culminated in a fist of films that are not interesting for the audience of their countries at all.

She also saw a very similar concern among these film-makers from different countries regarding culture and cinema in a postmodern age: ‘Erden Kiral and Ali Ozgenturk from Turkey, Dariush Mehrjui from Iran and Chingiz Aitmatov (who is the only novelist and scriptwriter among the interviewees) from Kyrgyzstan, lamented the loss of values in our consumer-oriented societies where intellectuals are either shunned or pushed to the margins.’ (p.16) Despite the fact that her approach is not academic, it at least has the potential to provide some fresh material for the academicians and film students who are working on national cinema. Although some of her mistakes on Iranian cinema are hard to ignore, for instance, she says: ‘the revolutionary fervour set fire to more than 180 movie houses killing hundreds of people’ (p.10), which, I believe, is not true because when the revolutionaries wanted to burn down the cinemas they were evacuated earlier. Except for one cinema, called cinema Rex, which was burnt down and many of the people in it were killed, but no evidence had been found proving who did this, whether it was the Shah’s security force or the revolutionaries. And the misspelling of the name Varouj Karim Massihi, which in the interview with Bahram Bayzaee has been written down as Baroush Karim Nasseki. (p. 36) She has also described Bayzaee’s The Death of Yazdgerd as a film about the history of Islam, where as it is clearly about Iran during the verge of the Arab’s invasion and is dealing with the identity of Iranians rather than history of Islam. I recommend this book to people who are interested in cinema of other cultures and of the East and all students and writers to use for reference. {

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ART & DESIGN

Drawing – The Process
By Alexander Adams
his collection of papers, interviews and reflections presented at the January 2003 Drawing – The Process conference at Kingston University (and those developed from it) provides a useful resource for teachers, students and practitioners. Covering topics as diverse as Renaissance architecture, illustration, fashion design, corporate communication graphics, animation and 3-D printing, as well as personal testimonies, the book touches on much of what we think of as drawing in addition to that which we might not previously have considered drawing. The sheer diversity of subjects and styles makes for engaging reading and difficult reviewing. James Faure Walker’s contention that Picasso and Matisse are overrated draughtsmen (and that Sigmar Polke’s

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drawings have ‘fearless, searching energy’) diminishes not Picasso and Matisse but the writer and, by extension, his argument, which is a shame because he has ideas worth considering. Unfortunately, Ruskin, being a good judge of drawing, is not one of them. Ruskin’s dicta ‘The perfect way of drawing is by shade without lines’ and ‘No good drawing can consist throughout of pure outline’ rule out Ingres to Shiele, Rembrandt to Picabia, and are pure gibberish. Walker has a witty take on the peculiarities of life-drawing conventions and he (rightly) identifies Lucian Freud as a mannerist rather than a realist. Surely an article which follows ‘What we need is a substantial Department of Drawing in a good

‘Only Fire Forges Iron: The Architectural Drawings of Michelangelo’ is an adept but tantalizingly short discussion of the relation between drawn conceptualizations of space, anatomical studies and an artist’s understanding of light effects and how this may have influenced Michelangelo’s architecture. Will Lynch treat this area at greater length elsewhere? Russell Lowe’s informative paper on 3-D printing is marred by an example of doublethink common among proponents of digital technologies. It runs along the following lines: digital technologies are unfairly excluded from the hierarchies of fine art. Such conventions are hidebound and archaic. Then the volte-face: this area of digital technology should be

‘Drawing – The Process is a useful, thoughtprovoking sourcebook, proving by turns contentious and amusing.’
college […]’ with ‘My own hope is that the craft-based divisions between painting, drawing and printmaking […] will continue to dissolve’ is undiluted provocation? It is sure to cause arguments among art students and is therefore recommended reading. Less contentious is Kevin Flynn’s engrossing (and judiciously illustrated) discussion of medieval English drawing. Likewise, Patrick Flynn’s classed as part of that field of fine art. One moment the advocate is denigrating conventional classification as iniquitous and declaring it ripe for abolition, the next moment he is attempting to crowbar his specialty into an inappropriate (and unwelcoming) class in order to benefit from a supposedly despised cachet. To broaden definitions until they are virtually meaningless does not

validate new processes, it merely makes intelligent debate impossible. Emerging technologies can be best understood by using new, discrete terms rather than by mangling established definitions. Damaging language diminishes us all and the urge to appropriate unsuitable existing classifications betrays a certain timidity. If science can manage this area effectively, then why can’t the visual arts? (See this reviewer’s article ‘Cause for Concern’, Printmaking Today, vol. 13 no. 2 for discussion on this point.) There is much more besides. Veteran illustrators George Hardie and John Vernon Lord provide personal accounts of their experiences and approaches that are both illuminating and heartening. ‘In Discussion with Zandra Rhodes’ is a mixture of direct questions and paraphrased answers that might have been better recast as either a profile or a verbatim interview transcript, such as the revealing dialogue with animator Joanna Quinn included in this book. Drawing – The Process is a useful, thought-provoking sourcebook, proving by turns contentious and amusing. {
Alexander Adams is an artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. His next solo exhibition is at Oriel Ceri Richards Gallery, Swansea, January-February 2008.

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