Screen Genealogies
Screen Genealogies
From Optical Device to Environmental Medium
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CHAP 00 INTRODUCTION Craig Buckley, Rüdiger Campe, and Francesco Casetti SECTION ONE: 'Becoming Screen' CHAP 01 Primal Screens Francesco Casetti, Yale University CHAP 02 'Schutz und Schirm': Screening in German During Early Modern Times Rüdiger Campe, Yale University SECTION TWO: Spaces CHAP 03 Face and Screen: Toward a Genealogy of the Media Façade Craig Buckley, Yale University CHAP 04 Sensing Screens: From Surface to Situation Nanna Verhoeff, Utrecht University CHAP 05 'Taking the Plunge': The New Immersive Screens Ariel Rogers, Northwestern University SECTION THREE: Atmospheres CHAP 06 The Atmospheric Screen: Turner, Hazlitt, Ruskin Antonio Somaini, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 CHAP 07 The Fog Medium: Visualizing and Engineering the Atmosphere Yuriko Furuhata, McGill University CHAP 08 The Charge of a Light Barricade: Optics and Ballistics in the Ambiguous Being of Screens John Durham Peters, Yale University SECTION FOUR: Formats CHAP 09 Flat Bayreuth: A Genealogy of Opera as Screened Gundula Kreuzer, Yale University CHAP 10 Imaginary Screens: The Hypnotic Gesture and Early Film Ruggero Eugeni, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Milan CHAP 11 Material. Human. Divine. Notes on the Vertical Screen Noam M. Elcott, Columbia University INDEX

Screen Genealogies

From Optical Device to Environmental Medium

Against the grain of the growing literature on screens, Screen Genealogies argues that the present excess of screens cannot be understood as an expansion and multiplication of the movie screen nor of the video display. Rather, screens continually exceed the optical histories in which they are most commonly inscribed. As contemporary screens become increasingly decomposed into a distributed field of technologically interconnected surfaces and interfaces, we more readily recognize the deeper spatial and environmental interventions that have long been a property of screens. For most of its history, a screen was a filter, a divide, a shelter, or a camouflage. A genealogy stressing transformation and descent rather than origins and roots emphasizes a deeper set of intersecting and competing definitions of the screen, enabling new thinking about what the screen might yet become.

Craig Buckley

Craig Buckley is an assistant professor of Modern and Contemporary architecture in the History of Art Department at Yale University.

Rüdiger Campe

Rüdiger Campe is the Alfred C. and Martha F. Mohr Professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures at Yale University.

Francesco Casetti

Francesco Casetti is the Thomas E. Donnelly Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies at Yale University.