Digital Tarkovsky, Metahaven

Digital Tarkovsky

In the US, an adult on average spends two hours and 51 minutes on their smartphone every day. That is eight minutes longer than Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker. We’re not interested in telling you put your phone down and start paying attention to the real world. Instead, we want to investigate the kind of experience we have whilst staring at these tiny screens and the digital platforms that inhabit them. We are interested in calling this something other than smartphone addiction. We are interested in calling it cinema. Digital Tarkovsky is an extended poetic exploration of how our experiences of visual entertainment and time itself are changing in the era of the smartphone and near-constant connection. The essay applies the ‘slow’ cinematic art of Andrei Tarkovsky to our interaction with the digital, visual reality of screens and interfaces. Digital Tarkovsky is a way of tracing what cinema, storytelling and time mean in our platform-based world. The work of Metahaven consists of filmmaking, writing, design, and installations, and is united conceptually by interests in poetry, storytelling, digital superstructures, and propaganda. Films by Metahaven include The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda) (2015), Information Skies (2016), Possessed (2018, with Rob Schröder), Hometown (2018) and Eurasia (Questions on Happiness) (2018). Publications include PSYOP (2018), Black Transparency (2015) and Uncorporate Identity (2010). Their work is screened, published, and exhibited worldwide.
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Svyatoslav Yushin
Svyatoslav Yushinhas quoted2 years ago
If that is the case, you are not alone. It is reported that in the US alone, the average adult spends two hours and 51 minutes on their smartphone every day.
kolozaridihas quoted2 years ago
Tarkovsky forces us to experience the fact that things take time.
Ploy Oratai
Ploy Orataihas quotedlast month
Since duration has no direction, it could potentially be uncoupled from cause-and-effect relationships like the falling resulting in the breaking. In other words, it should theoretically be possible to create an unrealistic, and yet life-like cinematic experience of time flowing in a direction other than forward.

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