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   MICHAEL BETANCOURT NEWS
   movies: AESTHETICS
   movies: NEWS & REVIEWS
   movies: SHOWS & SCREENINGS
   random art notes
   random how-tos
   research: AVANT-GARDE MOVIES
   research: MOTION GRAPHICS
   research: VISUAL MUSIC
   theory: CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS
   theory: DIGITAL CAPITALISM
   theory: GLITCH & POSTDIGITAL
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avant-garde movies, motion graphics, and theory
 
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 trilogy of studies on film theory using title sequences as a model uniting avant-garde, documentary and commercial motion pictures were published in the Routledge Studies in Media Theory and Practice series: Semiotics and Title Sequences, Synchronization and Title Sequences, and Title Sequences as Paratexts.

If you are looking for more on agnotology, digital capitalism or automated/immaterial labor, look at The Digital, which presents links to his most recently published articles and other research on the political economy of digital capitalism contained in his book The Critique of Digital Capitalism. This analysis identifies how digital technology has captured contemporary society in a reification of capitalist priorities. The theory proposed in this book is the description of how digital capitalism as an ideologically invisible framework is realized in technology.

You can watch his movies here.

More articles, reviews, interviews, and translations are posted on MichaelBetancourt.com


 


The Digital Agent versus Human Agency

story © Michael Betancourt | published February 20, 2019 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: DIGITAL CAPITALISM

Punctum books will be publishing my new book, The Digital Agent versus Human Agency this summer!

Anything that can be automated, will be.
The robots will take your job.
This book is about what happens afterwards.

The Digital Agent versus Human Agency continues the analysis begun in The Critique of Digital Capitalism: the central place of human needs, desires, and actions in the creation of profit (value) is ignored in the rush to automate. Companies under digital capitalism cannot place the health of society on a par with their bottom lines. The familiar symptoms of this transformation in Bitcoin, Fake news, Universal Basic Income (UBI), and digital rights management (DRM), for example, are all responses to digital capitalisms shift to automation and on-demand production. This ideology tries to erase and hide the importance of social relationships and the role of human agency in economic values that only become real through the social relationship called exchange. This new system of wealth concentration tries to deny how these human relationships must constrain the dictates of capitalisms marketing, competition, and accumulation (which manifest as a continual demand to increase profit, productivity, and efficiency), if only through the limited amount of value available to extract and the collapse that must follow when automation recovers all wages as lost profits.

The challenge automation and AI present is ideological, a matter of deciding what kind of world comes after capitalism replaced human labor with machines. This analysis offers more than a diagnostic of the contemporary dominance of computer technology, suggesting models that can challenge it and reclaim the social realm from being just another commercialized resource. The Digital Agent versus Human Agency is a critique of this fantasy separating who works (labor) and who reaps the benefits of that work (capitalists) to show that value always depends on human action, a foundation that automation does not change.






 
Typography and Motion Graphics: The 'Reading-Image' - Now Available!

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 19, 2018 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



research: MOTION GRAPHICS
Pre-order Typography and Motion Graphics: The 'Reading-Image' on Amazon.com
This title will be released on December 11, 2018.

In his latest book, Michael Betancourt explores the nature and role of typography in motion graphics as a way to consider its distinction from static design using the concept of the reading-image to model the ways that motion typography dramatizes the process of reading and audience recognition of language on-screen. Using both classic and contemporary title sequences―including The Man With the Golden Arm (1955), Alien (1979), Flubber (1998), Six Feet Under (2001), The Number 23 (2007) and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)―Betancourt develops an argument about what distinguishes motion graphics from graphic design. Moving beyond title sequences, Betancourt also analyzes moving or kinetic typography in logo designs, commercials, film trailers, and information graphics, offering a striking theoretical model for understanding typography in media.






 
Going Somewhere on Here Comes Everybody, Episode 28-5

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 26, 2018 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



movies: SHOWS & SCREENINGS

Going Somewhere (Episode IV) is at the end of Here Comes Everybody, Episode 28-5, September, 2018
monthly Experimental cable access show broadcast in Los Angeles and Berkeley, CA; Portland, Olympia, and Seattle, WA; Waukegan, IL; North Liberty, IA; Ithaca, NY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXfsrUPIzkE

More Episodes Here






 
New York Show: Dec 14 & 15 "Looking At What We Don't Want To Look At"

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 26, 2018 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



movies: SHOWS & SCREENINGS

My movie the Dark Rift will be screening on December 14 & 15, 2018 in a show from Synthetic Zero Art/Performance Event Opening @ BronxArtSpace. The event will also include virtual reality, a living art installation, experimental video, video installations, and visual art. The show is free to the public, but voluntary donations will be accepted for the performances:


WHERE
BronxArtSpace
305 E 140th St #1A
Bronx NY 10454

WHEN
Gallery openings 6pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday, December 14th and 15th. Performances begin at 7:30pm. Installations and visual art will run until December 22nd.


DIRECTIONS
Take the 4/5 express to 125th St, then 1 stop on the 6 to 138th St/3rd Ave. The art space is two blocks from the station.




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Turn Up the Bass, the Saul Bass! (sticker)

story © Michael Betancourt | published September 6, 2018 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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