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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.
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 Quarterly, Mute, The New Inquiry, La Furia Umana, World Picture, and The Journal of American Studies, amongst 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.
“An appropriately fractured rumination on contemporary cinema.”