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By Erika Balsom

Images have by no means been as freely circulated as they're this present day. they've got additionally by no means been so tightly managed. As with the beginning of images, electronic replica has created new probabilities for the duplication and intake of pictures, providing better dissemination and entry. yet electronic replica has additionally stoked new anxieties relating authenticity and possession. From this modern vantage aspect, After Uniqueness strains the ambivalence of reproducibility during the intersecting histories of experimental cinema and the relocating snapshot in artwork, interpreting how artists, filmmakers, and theorists have present in the replica a utopian promise, a perilous inauthenticity—or either at once.

From the sale of movie in constrained versions at the artwork industry to the downloading of bootlegs, from the singularity of dwell cinema to video artwork broadcast on tv, Erika Balsom investigates how the reproducibility of the relocating picture has been embraced, rejected, and negotiated through significant figures together with Stan Brakhage, Leo Castelli, and Gregory Markopoulos. via a comparative research of chosen distribution types and key case reports, she demonstrates how the query of picture stream is imperative to the heritage of movie and video paintings. After Uniqueness indicates that distribution channels are greater than impartial pathways; they make certain how we come across, interpret, and write the historical past of the relocating photo as an artwork form.

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