Film as a source of visual knowledge in informatics, architecture and music
Author: Ostrowska, Dorota
Source: Studies in European Cinema, Volume 5, Number 2, February 2009 , pp. 105-116(12)
Abstract:This article is a series of questions and reflections, which grow out of my recent research projects which centred on the issue of interdisciplinarity in relation to film studies and cinema. Through my work at the Cinema Interdisciplinary Network (CINET), which we have been running at the University of Edinburgh since 2005, I have come across a number of academics and researchers who work with cinema or use moving images in their research but who are not film studies scholars and are not working in the areas more traditionally associated with film, such as literature or cultural studies. Could the CINET members' engagement with cinema yield some new insights about the object of their study for film scholars? What does it mean that cinema is becoming a repository of visual knowledge? How is this knowledge to be treated and organised? What does it mean that film is becoming not only an aesthetic object but also a tool to conduct intellectual analysis? What are the difficulties and pitfalls of such research projects? In order to address these questions, I will discuss two projects presented in the context of CINET An Attentional Theory of Continuity Editing which is Tim Smith's doctoral project completed in the department of Informatics (Computer Science) and Inflecting Space: Correlating the attributes of voice with the character of urban spaces, which is a collaboration between architecture and music.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Edinburgh.
Publication date: February 1, 2009
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