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Cinema past movie elaborates at the theoretical makes use of of 2 key terms—dispositif and episteme—in order to envision their dating in addition to their better connections to movie, know-how, and modernity. even though either phrases originate within the paintings of Foucault, dispositif (“device”) intrinsically hyperlinks itself to the mechanics of move and pace in the back of cinematics, whereas extra in most cases concerning the mechanisms and constructions that carry strength in position. Episteme(“to know”), however, refers back to the stipulations and chances of wisdom and reception, greater than to technological innovation. every one time period is explored the following in terms of the opposite, permitting this edited assortment to evaluate the big choice of strength materialities that come up from the mechanics in the back of cinema and the altering face of its expertise.

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François Albera A ll these existing, projected or im agined devices have in common technical and technological means that people w ished to see realised or generalised. Fifteen years after Verne, Octave Béliard evoked 'L a Journée d'un Parisien au XXIe siècle' - 1 December 20 10 - in Lectures pour Tous,10 w here Edison's devices w ere multiplied and generalised: a 'phonograph-alarm ', a microphone in a bed­ side table for ordering breakfast, the morning papers that one 'listens to'. All houses are connected to an information centre providing news from the w orld over at all hours (night dispatches, general new s items, political and commercial information, scientific articles, literature in serial form, critical pieces).

12 René Barjavel, in his 19 4 1 novel Ravage (translated as Ashes, ashes), provides us w ith a third exam ple, as does science fiction written in the 1950s (Philip K. ) up to the present time —the observations one can m ake w ould be similar, even if the technical references have evolved along w ith technological developments. W hatever the futuristic fram ew ork of such novels, there are a certain number of 'convictions', beliefs, values or fears that are consistently present. The voice . Cinema Beyond Film : Media Epistemology in the Modern Era.

In addition, thanks to the theatrophone, one can comm uni­ cate w ith the theatres of Am erica and Europe, and music — a 'therapeutic agent ... exercising a reflex action on the nervous centres' and the effect of w hose 'harm onious vibrations dilates the arterial vessels, influence the circula­ tion, increasing or dim inishing it' —is transmitted to people's homes b y telephone from 'm usical energy stations'. Libraries contain 'book-phonographs' that one does not need to read: 'one presses a button and hears the voice of an excellent storyteller w ho reads'.

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