Deep Mediations

Thinking Space in Cinema and Digital Cultures

2021

Karen Redrobe and Jeff Scheible, Editors

Deep Mediations

The preoccupation with “depth” and its relevance to cinema and media studies


For decades the concept of depth has been central to critical thinking in numerous humanities-based disciplines, legitimizing certain modes of inquiry over others. Deep Mediations examines why and how this is, as scholars today navigate the legacy of depth models of thought and vision, particularly in light of the “surface turn” and as these models impinge on the realms of cinema and media studies.

For decades the concept of depth has been central to critical thinking in numerous humanities-based disciplines, legitimizing certain modes of inquiry over others. Deep Mediations examines why and how this is, as scholars today navigate the legacy of depth models of thought and vision, particularly in light of the “surface turn” and as these models impinge on the realms of cinema and media studies.

The collection’s eighteen essays seek to understand the decisive but evolving fixation on depth by considering the term’s use across a range of conversations as well as its status in relation to critical methodologies and the current mediascape. Engaging contemporary debates about new computing technologies, the environment, history, identity, affect, audio/visual culture, and the limits and politics of human perception, Deep Mediations is a timely interrogation of depth’s ongoing importance within the humanities.

Contributors: Laurel Ahnert; Taylor Arnold, U of Richmond; Erika Balsom, King’s College London; Brooke Belisle, Stony Brook University; Jinhee Choi, King’s College London; Jennifer Fay, Vanderbilt U; Lisa Han, UC Santa Barbara; Jean Ma, Stanford U; Shaka McGlotten, Purchase College-SUNY; Susanna Paasonen, U of Turku, Finland; Jussi Parikka, U of Southampton; Alessandra Raengo, Georgia State U; Pooja Rangan, Amherst College; Katherine Rochester, VIA Art Fund in Boston; Karl Schoonover, University of Warwick (UK); Jordan Schonig, Michigan State U; John Paul Stadler, North Carolina State U; Nicole Starosielski, New York U; Lauren Tilton, U of Richmond.

Deep Mediations

Karen Redrobe is Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media at University of Pennsylvania.



Jeff Scheible is lecturer of film studies at King’s College London. He is author of Digital Shift: The Cultural Logic of Punctuation (Minnesota, 2015).
Deep Mediations

Contents


Preface


Part I. Depths of the Moving Image: Perception, Spectatorship, and Film Theory


1. From the Flat Plane, an Architecture of Light: Filming Space in Interwar Animation


Katherine Rochester


2. Locomotive Views: Lateral Movement and the Flatness of the Moving Image


Jordan Schonig


3. Deep in the Cave


Jean Ma


4. On a Lonely Planet, Feeling-in-Depth: Wong Kar-wai’s 2046 and Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil


Jinhee Choi


Part II. Depth Hermeneutics and Surface Turns


5. Depth Effects: Citizen Kane, Citizenfour, and the Deep Time of Cinema


Jeff Scheible


6. Bankers Dream of Banking, or Against the Interpretation of Dreams


Jennifer Fay


7. Blackness at the Heart: Extruding Sovereignty in Nancy’s and Denis’s The Intruder


Alessandra Raengo and Laurel Ahnert


8. Inaudible Evidence: Counterforensic Listening in Contemporary Documentary Art


Pooja Rangan


9. To Narrate or Describe? Experimental Documentary beyond Docufiction


Erika Balsom


Part III. Deep Space, Deep Time


10. Sinkholes, GIFs, and Cinematic Eco-catastrophe


Karl Schoonover


11. Underground Film: Thinking Vertically across the and of Cinema and Media Studies


Karen Redrobe


12. Transparency at Depth: Dark Mediation of the Deep Seabed


Lisa Han


13. Depth Mediators: Undersea Cables, Network Infrastructure, and the Deep Ocean


Nicole Starosielski


14. From Planetary Depth to Surface Measure, or How to Read the Future from an Image


Jussi Parikka


Part IV. Deep Networks


15. Depth in Deep Learning: Knowledgeable, Layered, Impenetrable


Taylor Arnold and Lauren Tilton


16. From Stereoscopic Depth to Deep Learning


Brooke Belisle


17. The Deep Realness of Deepfake Pornography: A Conversation


Shaka McGlotten, Susanna Paasonen, and John Paul Stadler


Acknowledgments


Contributors


Index