[-empyre-] empyre Digest, Vol 107, Issue 9

Timothy Conway Murray tcm1 at cornell.edu
Sat Oct 12 10:55:27 EST 2013

Dear Richard,

Thanks for your question and I'm happy to clarify my suggestion.  Yes, you're absolutely correct in suggesting that the presence and flavor of animation in Snowpiercer and Anatomy of a Paper Clip indicates the extent to which cinema has integrated digital technologies, I was trying to share my observation that this interest, at least as championed by the Busan International Film Festival, seemed to be one-directional.   While the festival championed these films that brought the spectacle of digital technologies to the big screen, it chose not to champion alternative artistic approaches to capitalizing artistically from multiple digital platforms, such as interactive technologies, multiple screen formats and mobile technologies,, networked cinemas or what Jeffrey Shaw has termed, iCinema, net.art, etc.  While this is understandable for a traditional film festival, the independent experimentation with new media that often critiques commercialism and conventional notions of the "screen" and viewing subject(s) seemed not receive any attention at this year's Busan Festival, which paradoxically staged a new conference format around the theme of medial "convergence." Hope this clarifies things.  Best,


Director, Society for the Humanities
Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
A. D. White House
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York. 14853
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Yello all,

not quite sure I follow the point you're (both) making about the "absence of new media and technologies influences" in the movies.

Aren't the two movies Tim Murray describes examples of just that?
The first "Snowpiercer" is described as using copious amounts of computer animation technologies. And the second "Anatomy of a Paper Clip" is described as using a (digital?) stop motion style of performance which would indicate the strong influence of technologies on artistic style.

So are they absent or not absent? Are you saying that these movies are rare exceptions? (which would not have struck me as the case).

Richard Wright

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> Subject: [-empyre-] Youngmin and things at BIFF
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> Yet, Renate and I have enjoyed two films that seem to thrive on such convergences.  The Korean director Bong Joon-ho screened his extraordinary film, Snowpiercer, which tells an eerie and violent tale of social upheaval in the new postglobal warming ice age, as the survivors circle the globe in a hierarchically ordered train, with a marvelous performance by Tilda Swinton.  The marvel is how the film successfully cut between dazzling animated sequences of the train crashing through icebergs and the traditional analogue representation of the diegesis. We enjoyed the flipside of this tonight while watching Japanese director Akira Ikeda's Anatomy of a Paper Clip (a miminalist sado-masochistic portrayal of class abjection in which directing evoked a combination of realist miminalism and pared down animation).  While the film contained no animation until the credits, the actors every movements seemed to embody the craft of top-motion animation as nuanced in the digital scene.
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> Thanks Tim for encapsulating Youngmin's session.
> One of the themes of the Busan Film Festival Forum has been the convergence
> of contemporary cross-disciplinary interests with time-based media and
> film. I concur with Tim that the striking absence of new media and
> technologies influences is definitely noteworthy.

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