The Quality of the Image in Digital TimeS
Is there a digital look emerging as a new aesthetic value?
Since its inception, Digital Cinematography has been developed by, and with a strong focus on technology, which at best shows a preferred realistic illustration. All its technical developments were intended to eliminate any artefacts that would disturb a realistic representation of an image. From a technical point of view this makes totally sense, this is perhaps even the only comprehensible approach to develop a new technology.
In this session German cinematographer and filmmaker, Rolf Coulanges, interrogates the questions: Is the creation of our images which we want to express ourselves with, helped by enhanced resolution of the sensors, the reproduction of more details in the resulting image and the alterations of the digital texture, to develop our pictures to that expression we want to achieve? Does abstraction as artistic method apply in the digital world? Is there a digital look emerging as a new artistic value?
Drawing on some of the greatest paintings in the history of art and sequences from iconic feature films, Coulanges makes the case that we need image technology that visually supports the cinematographers in the abstraction of portrayal.