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   about
   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
   theory: working notes

 

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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 and AI, 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 books The Critique of Digital Capitalism and Force Magnifier. This analysis identifies how digital technology has captured contemporary society in a reification of capitalist priorities that includes the shift to automation and AI. 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 Aesthetic Problem Posed by Digital Capitalism

story © Michael Betancourt | published July 24, 2021 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: DIGITAL CAPITALISM

Composer John Cage noted the problem of history in the 1950s; it is an issue that has grown more important, rather than less, in the decades since. Artists adopting a self-conscious positioning in relation to a specific history (tradition)whether in a sense of continuing it, or in the sense of escaping from itunifies the positivistic dimensions of Modernism and Post-Modernist alike. To the extent that the Contemporary embrace of relativism is ahistorical, it is not an escape from this avant-guardiste positivism, but a response to the post-structural critique that introduced a plurality of directions that now dominate discourse within the gallery-fair-museum network. This expansion of aesthetic opportunity has not minimized the need for self-conscious positioning, it has starkly highlighted it. The issue in confronting the Contemporary is to separate emotional, dialectical, traditional conceptions of opposition and resistance (the heritage of the avant-garde) to consider a tactical relaction that demonstrates Cages koan-like observation:

One does not then just any experiment, but does what must be done; one does not seek by his actions to arrive at money, but does what must be done; one does not seek by his actions to arrive at fame (success), but one does what must be done; but does what must be done; one does not seek by his actions to provide pleasure to the senses (beauty), but one does what must be done; one doe not seek by his actions to arrive at the establishment of a school (truth), but one does what must be done. One does something else. What else?

Cage, J. Silence (Middleton: Wesleyan University Press, 2011) p. 68.




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A Note on 'Typoetry' - on Utsanga.it

story © Michael Betancourt | published July 7, 2021 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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My discussion of asemic typography in terms of semiotic theory, A Note on 'Typoetry' (which uses examples of my work as illustrations) has been published in Utsanga.it no. 28.






 
The Sun - Light From Space

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 19, 2021 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



movies: SHOWS & SCREENINGS

My movie Angular Momentum is in this show. You can stream the program live (or watch the recording) at twitch.tv/lightfromspace at 6pm CST (7PM EST) on Sunday June 20.






 
PreOrder Cinematic Articulation in Motion Graphics

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 25, 2021 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



research: MOTION GRAPHICS

Michael Betancourt's Cinematic Articulation in Motion Graphics develops a critical and theoretical approach to the semiotics of motion pictures as they are applied to a broader range of constructions than traditional commercial narrative productions.

This interdisciplinary approach begins with the problems posed by motion perception to develop a model of cinematic interpretation that includes both narrative and non-narrative types of productions. Contrasting traditional theatrical projection and varieties of new media, this book integrates analyses of title sequences, music videos, and visual effects with discussions on classic and avant-garde films. It further explores the intersection between formative audio-visual cues identified by viewers and how viewers desires direct engagement with the motion picture to present a framework for understanding cinematic articulation. This new theoretical model incorporates much of what was neglected and gives greater prominence to formerly critically marginalized productions by showing the fundamental connections that link all moving imagery and text, whether it tells a story or not.

This insightful work will appeal to students and academics in film and media studies.


PreOrder from Routledge here




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Die Leere Mitte Issue 10

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 21, 2021 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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In issue 10: Randee Silv, Angela Caporaso, Michael Betancourt, Marjan Zahed-Kindersley, Mark Young, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Christopher Clifton, Nico Vassilakis, Mario Jos Cervantes.

Edited in Berlin by Horst Berger and Federico Federici

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