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On Video Culture


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Timeshift by Sean Cubitt
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Timeshift explores the powers and capabilities of video and the cultures it thrives in. Adding a new dimension to film, television and computer media, video has the potential to become a uniquely democratic medium. Sean Cubitt shows that viewers have found a new cultural relation through electronic recording, whether in video rentals, off-air recordings, music video, community, campaign or artists' video. Focusing on the aesthetics of video, Timeshift tests current semiotic, postmodernist and psychoanalytic approaches in the laboratory of real-life video viewing. It goes beyond the traditional emphasis on the producer and the text to consider the roles of distributors, reviewers, exhibitors, traders, censors, technicians, engineers and, crucially, viewers. It looks at the whole range of video use, challenging the marginalisation of video in media studies and questioning orthodox theoretical assumptions.
Release date NZ
January 3rd, 1991
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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