"Video Theories. A Transdisciplinary Reader" published by Bloomsbury

"Video Theories. A Transdisciplinary Reader" published by Bloomsbury

Dieter Daniels, Professor of Art History and Media Theory at the HGB, has produced with Jan Thoben (UDK Berlin) a publication on the history of transdisciplinary video theory as part of the Gutenberg Fellowship. The reader has now been published in English by the internationally renowned publisher Bloomsbury .

Breaking new ground as the first transdisciplinary reader in this field, Video Theories is a resource that will form the basis for further research and teaching. While theories of video have not yet formed an academic discipline comparable to the more canonized theories of photography, film, and television, the reader offers a major step toward bridging this “video gap” in media theory, which is remarkable considering today's omnipresence of the medium through online video portals and social media.

Consisting of a selection of eighty-three annotated source texts and twelve chapter introductions written by the editors, this book considers fifty years of scholarly and artistic reflections on the topic, representing an intergenerational and international set of voices. This transdisciplinary reader offers a conceptual framework for diverging and contradictory viewpoints, following the continuous transformations of what video was, is, and will be.

The publication gathers the results of a 2-year fellowship of Prof. Dieter Daniels and the scientific collaboration of Jan Thoben (MA). During the research period, numerous lectures, symposia and lectures on transdisciplinary video theory took place at the HGB Leipzig, the Kunsthochschule Mainz and the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, among others. The research project also resulted in a tandem fellowship with HGB graduate and filmmaker Juliane Jaschnow, using Video Theories as a basis for methods of hybrid mediation and presentation for students.

Video Theories
A Transdisciplinary Reader
Dieter Daniels, Jan Thoben (Hrsg.)
Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022
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