Shard Cinema

Evan Calder Williams


Shard Cinema tells an expansive story of how moving images have changed in the last three decades and how they changed us along with them, rewiring the ways we watch, fight, and navigate an unsteady world. With a range that spans film, games, software, architecture, and military technologies, the book crosses the twentieth century into our present to confront a new order of seeing and making that took slow shape: the composite image, where no clean distinction can be made between production and post-production, filmed and animated, material and digital. Giving equal ground to costly blockbusters and shaky riot footage, Williams leads us from computer-generated “shards” of particles and debris to the broken phone screen on which we watch those digital storms, looking for the unexpected histories lived in the interval between.

About the Author

Evan Calder Williams is a writer and artist. He is the author of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse and Roman Letters, and his essays have appeared in Film QuarterlyMuteThe New Inquiry, La Furia UmanaWorld Picture, and The Journal of American Studies, among other publications. He is part of the editorial collective of Viewpoint Magazine and is a founding member of Thirteen Black Cats, a research and production collective for moving images. He teaches at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Shard Cinema will be published in June 2017. Pre-Order now: Amazon UK // Amazon US // Barnes and Noble // Blackwell’s

On sale: June 2017
PB ISBN: 9781910924914 ($14.95 US/ $16.95 CAN)
eBook ISBN: 9781910924822 ($8.99 US & CAN)