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V-v-Vertov R-r-Re-made: From Avant-Garde Documentary to Participatory Culture — the Digital Journey of Man With a Movie Camera

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The seminal work of pioneering avant-garde filmmaker Dziga Vertov, The Man with the Movie Camera (1929) has given rise to a number of discussions about the documentary film genre and new digital media. By way of comparison with American artist Perry Bard’s online movie project entitled Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake (2007), this article investigates the historical perspective of this visionary depiction of reality and its impact on the heralded participatory culture of contemporary digital media, which can be traced back to Russian Constructivism. Through critical analysis of the relation between Vertov’s manifest declarations about the film medium and his resulting cinematic vision, Bard’s project and the work of her chief theoretical inspiration Lev Manovich are examined in the perspective of ‘remake culture’, participatory authorship and the development a documentary film language. In addition to this, possible trajectories from Vertov and his contemporary Constructivists to recent theories of ‘new materialism’ and the notion of Man/Machine-co-operation is discussed in length.
Bidragets oversatte titelV-v-Vertov R-r-Re-made
TidsskriftActa Universitatis Sapientiae, Film & Media Studies
Sider (fra-til)77-106
Antal sider30
StatusUdgivet - 2015
BegivenhedISIS Konference 2013: Rethinking Intermediality in the Digital Age - Sapientia Hungarian University of Transsylvania, Cluj-Napoca, Rumænien
Varighed: 24 okt. 201327 okt. 2013


KonferenceISIS Konference 2013
LokationSapientia Hungarian University of Transsylvania


  • online documentary, participatory culture, digital culture, Russian Constructivism, film history, new materialism

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