Mobile cinematics

Happy to be part of Compact Cinematics: The Moving Image in the Age of Bit-Sized Media, edited by the wonderful Pepita Hesselberth and Maria Poulaki, about to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

My and Jay’s contribution comes out of our work with mobile AR. Here’s the abstract:

The paper explores the reconfigured viewing practices as cinema, video and televisual material is increasingly experienced on mobile devices. We argue for a “mobile cinematics” that foregrounds the affordances associated with these phones (tactility, mobility, small screen-aesthetics, and proprioceptive viewing experience). The drastic change of scale, which renders the viewing compact in a literal sense constitutes a changed relationship between the viewer and the cinematic object. The mobile viewer’s experience is more tactile, proprioceptively acute, and driven by a mixed reality sensibility in which the viewing often coexists with other activities in public spaces. Thus, the experience of mobile cinematics goes against the rhetoric of immersion often associated with current experimental forms of mobile cinema. Mobile cinematics can be characterized as polyaesthetic, as it engages the viewer’s touch and proprioception as key elements of the experience along with sight and hearing.

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