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Jason Wilson on Tue, 4 Jul 2006 19:30:25 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> Convergence 13.2 - DVDs - extended cfp


Vol 13 no. 2 May 2007

Consumption and Use of DVD's [add-ons]

The focus of the special issue

The phenomenal growth of DVD is affected by several broad factors including: cultural needs, cost-benefit utility, user-friendliness, and a nation’s technological infrastructure among other factors. The new digital format raises specific questions for conventional film analysis with DVD add-ons in particular, which provide new ways of appreciating film and exploring how audiences ‘think digitally’.

Yet, there is always the danger of simply valorising this new format, which is primarily designed to exploit a loyal and sometimes obsessive fan base. But, taken as a whole package however, the increasingly large amount of supplementary material surrounding a feature film creates a whole new context for consumption. This digital meta-text consists of a series of differentiated segments that can be negotiated to construct a unique combination in any given viewing activity. It is even claimed that the new format allows the user to view in a non-linear fashion and creates a new logic of use and consumption.

We encourage a discussion of issues which address the following broad areas:

  • Pedagogical applications of new media formats like DVD across all levels of formal education
  • Articulating intrinsic pleasures of the new technology
  • Audience studies of DVD use and consumption
  • Case study: content and textual analysis of DVD [genres, narratives, auteurs etc.]
  • Translations and Localisation of DVD’s across varying regions
  • Archiving film and innovate strategies of use
  • Technological applications of the digital format [For example Computer Recognition Projects here at DCU which can produce effective databases for formal analysis of a large corpus of films.]
  • Academics creating the medium [with a growing number of audio commentaries on DVDs for example]
  • Commercial applications by media practitioners and film companies of such analysis
  • Branding and Marketing of DVD’s etc
  • DVD as a distribution and exhibition format for moving image
  • Other uses of DVD [beyond presentation of film]
  • Artists use of DVD format

Copy deadline for refereed articles 31 July 2006

All proposals, enquiries and submission for this special issue to:
Pat Brereton
Email: pat.brereton {AT} dcu.ie
Dublin City University, School of Communications, Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland.
Phone + 00353 (1) 7005440; fax +00353 (1)

Jason Wilson

Reviews Editor - Convergence

School of Media, Art and Design
University of Luton
Park Square
United Kingdom

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