EARTH SEEN FROM THE STUDIO
Postcard to the future cinema free based on the artist’s palette
EXPANDED ANIMATION WOR(L)DS: GLOBE PLAYHOUSE SPACELAB
A spherical book in progress, planned 96 Texts, VIII sequences, 2021-2024
Inspired by Sergej Eisenstein’s fragments on the “spherical book“, which is one of the most important experimental examples of hypertextual worlds of thinking, ordering and writing of the 20th century, as well as the concept of the “spherical form of time“ by the composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann, the aim is to make “curated“ knowledge accessible online, using the current possibilities of polymedial. In the spirit of the “green way“, Open Access is accompanied by traditional print publication, combining the classic book with the advantages of free online publication. Open Science stands for unrestricted access to artistic-research and scientific information on the Internet, in order to be able to enrich and expand texts with diverse media such as images, animation, film, video, sound and music.
As early the mid-1980s, Friedrich Kittler used the term “record system“ to describe “the network of techniques and institutions […] that allow a given culture to address, store and process relevant data.“ The storage of writing, images, and sound, possible for the first time, ushers in the end of the Gutenberg galaxy. The successor stage is the “total media network on a digital basis“ and the computer becomes the all-integrating leading medium. All media of the modern era implode in the computer. Universal media convergence occurs. But the continuation of film history does not only take place on the Internet, as Alexander Kluge writes in “Geschichten vom Kino“: “I think cinema is immortal and older than film art. It is based on the fact that we communicate something that moves us inwardly to each other in public. In that way, film and music are relatives. Both do not go under. Even if the cinema projectors stop rattling, there will still be something that works like cinema.“
The „spherical book in progress“ in which hybrid space fruitfully coexist, is comparable to an experimental textbook. As an expanded “cosmic“ network project data is published both digitally and analogously in a multidimensional way under the aspect of artistic-research knowledge transfer. In the 14th Transdisciplinary Colloquium of the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Peter Weibel characterizes this as “A noetic turn: from a language-based to a tool-based culture“.
Based on the symposium of the artistic research masterclass GLOBE PLAYHOUSE SPACELAB, the English-language desktop publishing project will be developed as a spherical interdisciplinary “net within net“ with linked scientific and artistic-text-based contributions by international authors.
The spherical publication EXPANDED ANIMATION WOR(L)DS sees itself as a “kickoff“ for the interdisciplinary creative, artistic, and scientific actors network TESTELAB & GUESTS.
Spherical conception and composition Frank Geßner
Eds. Frank Geßner & Christine Reeh-Peters