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the avant-garde movie and theory
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by Michael Betancourt
 

This site presents extracts from Michael Betancourt's current research and writing projects, with news about current developments. A portfolio of finished, published writing is available here.

His book, Beyond Spatial Montage: Windowing, or, the Cinematic Displacement of Time, Motion and Space, concerned with the results of a 25-year long studio-based research project will be published by Focal Press.

If you are looking for more on agnotology, digital capitalism or automated/immaterial labor, look at The Digital which presents my inks to my most recent published articles and other research on the political economy of digital capitalism:

  • The Aura of the Digital  [.pdf]

  • The Valorization of the Author  [.pdf]

  • Immaterial Value and Scarcity in Digital Capitalism   [.pdf]

  • Automated Labor: The New Aesthetic and Immaterial Physicality   [.pdf]

  • Bitcoin   [.pdf]

  • The Demands of Agnotology::Surveillance   [.pdf]

  • or download the free ebook, Agnotology and Crisis in Digital Capitalism   [.pdf]

    More articles and translations into Spanish, Portuguese and Greek are posted on MichaelBetancourt.com


     


     

    On Cultural Authority

     

    story ©  | April 14, 2015 | permalink | Google TwitThis del.icio.us Digg Facebook StumbleUpon MySpace   Print

    “Cultural authority” seems a nebulous concept. At the same time it is easily understood—we recognize it immediately when reading the program for any festival, screening, exhibition—even though the force it exerts remains hidden within the curatorial choices on display—as the specific form these choices present.



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      The "Cat Organ," Sampling, and the Digital

    story ©  | April 12, 2015 | permalink | Google TwitThis del.icio.us Digg Facebook StumbleUpon MySpace   Print

    This article is a revision of my article from Vague Terrain published several years ago.

    The technical capabilities of computer technology obscure the nexus of capital, human agency, social reproduction, and physical production; thus, the denial of physicality that is specific to the aura of the digital, and apparent in the evolution from hand-labor to the automation characteristic of ‘digital capitalism,’ is inherent in how this technology has been deployed. The nineteenth century “protestant work ethic” is the conceptual starting point for this development, merging the ‘ideology of autonomous achievement’ with digital technology to create a new ‘ideology of automation.’



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      Un-Dependently Yours - The Experiments in Cinema 2015 Yearbook

    story ©  | April 11, 2015 | permalink | Google TwitThis del.icio.us Digg Facebook StumbleUpon MySpace   Print

    The 10th Anniversay book from the Experiments in Cinema festival Un-Dependently Yours: Imagining a World Beyond the Red Carpet is out.



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      A Short Guide to Writing About Motion Graphics

    story ©  | April 9, 2015 | permalink | Google TwitThis del.icio.us Digg Facebook StumbleUpon MySpace   Print

    My new book that explains the basics of what research is for and how to use it when writing critical examinations of motion pictures that do not tell stories. Explained using clear examples taken from published writing, this book shows how to approach a writing assignment from beginning to completion, covering such topics as "The Purpose of Research," "How to Create and Use a Close Reading," "The Relationship Between Writing and Revision," and "Common Problems and Their Solutions." This book is an essential guide for any student writing about motion graphics. The process it presents has one simple goal: writing clearly for publication.

    A Short Guide to Writing About Motion Graphics, by Michael Betancourt, $19.95



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      CROSSROADS 2015, program 4: Saturday April 11 @ 4 PM

    story ©  | April 7, 2015 | permalink | Google TwitThis del.icio.us Digg Facebook StumbleUpon MySpace   Print

    forward reverse read write: conjectures about the animal

    Victoria Theatre
    4pm
    $5 - $10

    In Person: Michael Betancourt; Karissa Hahn; Jeremy Moss and Deborah Stratman




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      NANO Interview

    story ©  | April 5, 2015 | permalink | Google TwitThis del.icio.us Digg Facebook StumbleUpon MySpace   Print

    New American Notes Online is running "An Interview with Michael Betancourt" discussing the theory of digital capitalism.



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      10th anniversary Experiments in Cinema Best of Show

    story ©  | March 17, 2015 | permalink | Google TwitThis del.icio.us Digg Facebook StumbleUpon MySpace   Print

    The Best of Experiments in Cinema at the Southwest Film Center at the University of New Mexico, 6 pm Friday March 20

    Tickets are $5



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      Crossroads Festival schedule announced!

    story ©  | March 11, 2015 | permalink | Google TwitThis del.icio.us Digg Facebook StumbleUpon MySpace   Print

    My movie Dancing Glitch is in Crossroads, Program 4: forward reverse read write: conjectures about the animal

    In Person: Michael Betancourt; Karissa Hahn; Jeremy Moss; Deborah Stratman

    Screening on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm:

    Cicatrix (2014) by Jeremy Moss
    Soon (2014, Bay Area premiere) by Jeanne Liotta
    Dancing Glitch (2013) by Michael Betancourt
    L’entre Deux (2014) by Karl Lemieux
    Sayre’s Vapor (2013, world premiere) by Karissa Hahn
    Conjectures (2013) by Pablo Mazzolo
    As Near as Light (2014, world premiere) by Susan DeLeo
    Second Sighted (2014, Bay Area premiere) by Deborah Stratman
    The Golden Hour (2014; Bay Area premiere) by Ross Meckfessel
    Laborat (2014, Bay Area premiere) by Guillaume Cailleau
    Jenny Haniver (2014, world premiere) by Stephen Broomer.



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      Watson on the Aesthetics of Avant-Garde Film

    story ©  | February 26, 2015 | permalink | Google TwitThis del.icio.us Digg Facebook StumbleUpon MySpace   Print

    Interesting early article on the aesthetics of avant-garde film versus commercial cinema from 1929: "The Amateur Takes Leadership" by J.S. Watson, on his film Fall of the House of Usher, in Movie Makers, January 1929.



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      The Early History of American Avant-Garde Film

    story ©  | February 13, 2015 | permalink | Google TwitThis del.icio.us Digg Facebook StumbleUpon MySpace   Print

    The Museum of Modern Art in New York began a bibliographic indexing project focused on the history and criticism of motion pictures with The New York City WPA Writer’s Project, following the organization of the museum’s “Film Library” in 1935. This project, developed over several years was completed as a three volume survey of English language publications about motion pictures in 1941.



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