Book Chapter

'Edison’s Ideal' and the Visual Technics of the Sublime

Publication

Chapter Authors
Gert Jan Harkema, Amanda du Preez

Publisher
Amsterdam University Press

Abstract

Chapter on the introduction of cinema in the Netherlands by way of analyzing Christiaan Slieker's 1896 kinematograph performance Edison's Ideal. In the chapter we argue that there is a close link between the historical viewing experience of the spectators and the sublime aesthetic experience. Our conclusion is that technology is always linked to users and its reception, and thus technology is best studied by incorporating the kinematograph's historical reception.

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Details

  • Type:
    Book Chapter (peer reviewed)
  • Anthology:
    Exposing the Film Apparatus: The Film Archive as a Research Laboratory
  • Published:
    2016
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  • Language:
    English

About the Author

Gert Jan Harkema

I am a doctoral student at the Department of Media Studies (Cinema Studies). In my research I try to describe what the earliest cinema audiences (from 1895 to 1900) were experiencing. Cinema as a new medium in the late-nineteenth century. My proje... Read more

Reference

Jan Harkema, G. and du Preez, A. (2016). 'Edison’s Ideal' and the Visual Technics of the Sublime. In: G. Fossati and A. van den Oever, eds., Exposing the Film Apparatus: The Film Archive as a Research Laboratory, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.