Arie Altena

The Cinematic Experience
Sonic Acts XII

Edited by Boris Debackere, Arie Altena
and Lucas van der Velden

The Cinematic Experience: Sonic Acts XII is a book I edited together with Boris Debackere and Lucas van der Velden on occasion of Sonic Acts XII, 2008:

On the occasion of the twelfth Sonic Acts festival in 2008, Boris Debackere and Arie Altena edited a multi-faceted book with nine essays and ten interviews dealing with various aspects of the cinematic experience. The book focuses both on theories of the cinematic experience, as well as on the practice of artists working in the fields of cinema, contemporary media art and sound. The book offers a many-sided theoretical journey into the history and future of adventurous, experimental cinema. Essays: Joost Rekveld, Arjen Mulder, Gerard Holthuis, Jan Schacher, Randy Jones, Lucrezia Cippitelli, Greg Kurcewicz, Rob Vanderbeeken, Thomas Zummer. Interviews: Ernie Gehr, Kurt Hentschläger, Stephen O'Malley, Jan Peter E.R. Sonntag, Thomas Köner, Jürgen Reble, Frank Bretschneider, Simon Ruschmeyer, Tomas Rawlings & Ana Kronschnabl, and Lev Manovich. Design by Femke Herregraven.

Boris Debackere, Arie Altena en Lucas van der Velden, Sonic Acts XII, The Cinematic Experience, Sonic Acts Press, Amsterdam, 2008, ISBN 9789081047029.

Interviews by Arie Altena with Kurt Hentschläger, Stephen O'Malley, Jan Peter E.R. Sonntag, Ernie Gehr, Frank Bretschneider, Thomas Köner, and Jürgen Reble.


  • 11 Introduction by Boris Debackere
  • 17 The Mechanization of the Magical Sign by Joost Rekveld
  • 35 Heightening Experience Interview with Kurt Hentschläger by Arie Altena
  • 43 The Immersive Experience: Aspects and Challenges by Rob Vanderbeeken
  • 57 Drones Are a Defeat of Time and Space Interview with Stephen O’Malley by Arie Altena
  • 63 Notes on Cinema and Prosthetic Memory by Thomas Zummer
  • 75 612.43 WEISS is Almost Cinema, It Stops Just Before It Really Becomes Cinema Interview with Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag by Arie Altena
  • 83 The Location of the Cinematic Experience by Lucrezia Cippitelli
  • 91 Experience is Being Thrown into Uncharted Territory, Then You Discover Things Interview with Ernie Gehr by Martijn van Boven and Arie Altena
  • 101 Maybe Cinematic Experiences on the Web Can Touch People as Much as Cinema Interview with Simon Ruschmeyer by Jan Hiddink
  • 107 A Few Thoughts on Cinematic Experience Duration, Structural Film and the Comforts of the Cinema by Greg Kurcewicz
  • 115 On the Internet I Do Not Need Somebody Else to Decide if My Story is Worth Telling Interview with Tom Rawlings and Ana Kronschnabl by Jan Hiddink
  • 119 New Eyes for the Mind by Randy Jones
  • 135 We Have Only Just Started Interview with Lev Manovich by Jan Hiddink
  • 141 The Danger Is That You Become Too Illustrative Interview with Frank Bretschneider by Arie Altena
  • 147 Live Audiovisual Performance as a Cinematic Practice by Jan Schacher
  • 159 The Projector is My Favorite Sonic Object Interview with Tomas Köner by Arie Altena
  • 165 Activating the Visual Cortex Interview with Jürgen Reble by Arie Altena
  • 171 What’s Real About Film by Arjen Mulder
  • 181 Looking for Chattering by Gerard Holthuis
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