Hypermediated spaces: Cinema art as a mapping process
Ernst, Christopher William
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This essay relates contemporary cinema art to new media mapping practices as comparable processes of mapping and as similar engagements with spatial concerns. The essay also acts to articulate the theoretical structure of my film, Boxing the Compass . The research addresses the development of mapping as a cultural and artistic practice and argues for the re-examination of contemporary cinema art as a form of mapping. The research also examines the embodied view of a filmic gaze and cinema's subversion of a zenith perspective. The thesis considers both cinema and maps as spatial mediators, addressing mediation of space through a screen-based interface, and connects these practices through the logic of hypermediacy. To conclude, the essay examines the logic of hypermediacy, mapping processes, and spatial concerns in works of contemporary cinema art through an analysis of Elija-Liisa Ahtila's Talo and my own film, Boxing the Compass .