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Rethinking Intermediality in the Digital Age

"In the past decades 'intermediality' has proved to be one of the most productive terms in the domain of humanities. Although the ideas regarding media connections may be traced back to the poetics of the Romantics or even further back in time, it was the accelerated multiplication of media themselves becoming our daily experience in the second half of the twentieth century that propelled the term to a wide attention in a great number of fields (communication and cultural studies, philosophy, theories of literature and music, art history, cinema studies, etc.) where it generated an impressive number of analyses and theoretical discussions. 'Intermediality is in' ('Intermedialität ist in'), declared one of its pioneering theorists, Joachim Paech, at the end of the 1990s. However, we may also note, that since then other theoretical approaches introduced even newer perspectives that have not only revitalized the study of media phenomena in general but have specifically targeted the emerging new problematics raised by the new electronic media. Facing the challenge of the daily experiences of the digital age, discussions of media differences or 'dialogues' highlighting the 'inter,' the 'gap,' the 'in–between,' the 'incommensurability' between media are currently being replaced by discourses of the 'enter' or 'immersion,' and the 'network logic' of a 'convergence culture' in which we have a 'free flow of content over different media platforms' (Henry Jenkins). At the same time the turn towards the corporeality of perception in all aspects of communication has also shifted the attention from the 'interaction of media' towards the 'interaction with media,' from the idea of 'media borders' towards the analysis of the blurring of perception between media and reality, of humans and machines – media being perceived more and more not as a form of representation but as an environment and as a means to 'augment' reality."

The inaugural conference of ISIS (International Society for Intermedial Studies / former NorSIS) Cluj–Napoca, October 24–26, 2013. Conference venue: Sapientia University, Calea Turzii nr. 4.



2013 • augment reality • augmented reality • between media • Cluj-Napoca • convergence culture • corporeality of perception • digital age • discussions of media differences • emerging new problematics • form of representation • Henry Jenkinshumans and machinesimmersion • incommensurability • interaction of media • interaction with media • intermediality • International Society for Intermedial Studies • Joachim Paech • Marie-Laure Ryan • media and reality • media borders • media phenomena • media platforms • multiple delivery platforms • multiplication of media • narrative theory • network logic • new electronic media • Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvaniatransmedia storytelling


Simon Perkins

Intermediality in Film: A Historiography of Methodologies

"Abstract: After a short survey of the key questions regarding intermediality in cinema and placing them into the context of current debates in media studies and film theory, the paper addresses the key issues of the methodology of studying intermediality in film. In assessing the import of intermedial studies on film, the paper focuses on certain characteristic methodologies that have emerged in treating intermedial occurrences within films throughout the history of theorizing about the movies in general. Some of the major historical paradigms to be briefly described are: the normative aesthetic viewpoints in the spirit of cinematic New Laocoöns, the trans–medial theorizing of the moving image, inter–art theories, and parallax historiographies. Finally methodologies aiming at modelling intermediality and mapping the rhetoric of intermedial cinema are presented in somewhat more detail."

(Ágnes Pethő, 2010)

Ágnes Pethő (2010). "Intermediality in Film: A Historiography of Methodologies", Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Film and Media Studies, 2 (2010) 39−72.


2010 • Agnes Petho • artformconvergence • current debates • David Bordwell • David Rodowick • film theoryFriedrich Kittler • hybrid artform • hybrid form • inter-art theories • intermedial cinema • intermedial occurrences • intermedial studies • intermediality • intermediality in cinema • intermediality in film • Irina Rajewsky • Jay David Bolter • Laocoon • Malcom Turvey • media convergencemedia studiesmoving image • multimedial nature • Murray Smith • Noel Carroll • normative aesthetic viewpoints • parallax historiographies • post-medium • remediation • Richard Allen • Richard GrusinSapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania • Stanley Cavell • Sven Lutticken • trans-media


Simon Perkins

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