Economy of the Moving Image

Presentation: ‘Economy of the Moving Image’
Conference: Presence in the Mindfield: Art, Identity and the Technology of Transformation
Host: Centro Cultural De Belem
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: November 2011

Derr, D (2011). ‘Economy of the Moving Image’, Presence in the Mindfield: Art, Identity and the Technology of Transformation. Conference proceedings published in collaboration with Direcção Geral das Artes - Portuguese Ministry of Culture. Fall 2011. ISSN: 978-972-789-356-0


Abstract: ‘Economy of the Moving Image’ considers the author / subject / spectator relationship within the construction of the trans-media narrative. This paper examines the design of narrative structures within the context of the moving image through the adaptation of multiple forms of production and dissemination, in order to achieve the overarching narrative framework. It considers the relationship between the real and the fictional representation within the moving image as it relates to the trans-media narrative. Trans-media narratology has developed out of a necessity based on the trajectory of communication strategies and technological innovations. It has the ability or rather the (intended and unintended) power to directly inform perceptions of our cultural, policital and societal landscapes. Developed out of a necessity based on the trajectory of communication strategies and technological innovations trans-media narratology provides an ideal territory for investigating the intertextuality and intersubjectivity within a given narrative. In this paper I source political events in the Middle Eastern region from 2010 through 2011, considering “the creative treatment of actuality”, a phrase used by the British documentary filmmaker John Grierson to characterize documentary filmmaking.