Project member Susan Aasman (Groningen University) published her article “The Introduction of Ciné-Kodak: ‘The Long-Awaited Answer'” in the volume Exposing the Film Apparatus: The Film Archive as Research Laboratory, edited by Giovanna Fossati & Annie van den Oever, published by Amsterdam University press & EYE Filmmuseum.
This essay charts the introduction of the early Ciné-Kodak 16mm equipment and format as a domestic technology and thereby seeks to re-evaluate Kodak’s early contribution to the history of amateur media. One of the more interesting issues in media historical research is how and why some new media technologies are domesticated and become a part of everyday material practices. By focusing on the materiality of media, the author follows media historian Lisa Gitelman in order to allow “complexities to emerge.” To do so we have to see media as “unique and complicated historical subjects” as Gitelman wrote, thus as specific sites that produce and represent historically and culturally specific experiences of meaning.
S.I. Aasman, “The Introduction of Ciné-Kodak: ‘The Long-Awaited Answer'”, in: Giovanna Fossati & Annie van den Oever, eds, Exposing the Film Apparatus: The Film Archive as a Research Laboratory, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press & EYE Filmmuseum, 2016, pp.119-129.