Chapter I: From Scribe to Screen
As mentioned in the Introduction, our general interest lies with the medium-specific means of audiovisual conduct, while our specific focus will be on the
First off, our aim is to complement current studies that often pay little attention to past examples of consumer-grade technology and their impact on the fusion of the personal essay and film. Erlend Lavik’s seminal article ‘The Video Essay: The Future of Academic Film and Television Criticism?’ (which will be addressed more thoroughly later on) comes closest to this wider contextualizing inquiry.
Similar to early writings about film, current audiovisual engagements often lack the clear demarcation between theory and criticism, between analytical and poetic modes of address, or between