Kyle Joseph Stine F'12

Kyle Joseph Stine
Lecturer
Film and Media Studies
Johns Hopkins University

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2012
Doctoral Candidate
Film Studies
The University of Iowa
Calculative Cinema: Technologies of Speed, Scale, and Explication

In recent years, as digital technologies have swept across the motion picture industry, scholars have seen the need to rethink what cinema is today and in what capacity it can be said to continue. Studies typically resolve this crisis in one of two ways: by proclaiming the "end of cinema" or by showing how new technologies satisfy the continued demands for narrative and photorealism. What has largely escaped consideration is that the "digital revolution" opens up a new understanding of the history and trajectory of cinematic technologies. This dissertation explores how cinema was calculative from the very beginning, with celluloid film being used in areas that had no pretensions toward narrative or photorealistic representation such as scientific imaging, data storage, and early analog computing.