Martha Blassnigg

Martha Blassnigg was a Cultural & Media Anthropologist and Film & Cinema Theorist with a background in documentary filmmaking and film restoration. She was associate editor for Leonardo Reviews and Visiting Fellow with Transtechnology Research, University of Plymouth.

In 2008/9 she was Senior Teaching Fellow at the International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture at Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany. She has completed two documentary films and has previously worked as film restorer at the Netherlands Filmmuseum. She undertook philosophical, anthropological and historical research into the experiences of various forms of mediation, in particular the perception of audio-visual media. Her research outcomes were published in Leonardo, Convergence, Technoetic Arts and in the anthology Screen Consciousness: Cinema, Mind and World edited by R. Pepperell and M. Punt (Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2006). Her research focus was on the late 19th century interventions in science, technology and art with regard to the studies of (the recording, projection and perception of) movement, time and memory, which resulted in the monograph Time, Memory, Consciousness and the Cinema Experience: Revisiting Ideas on Matter and Spirit, published by Rodopi Press (2009). A full list of publications and CV can be found at http://www.trans-techresearch.net.

Books and Journal Articles

From Méliès to Galaxy Quest: The Dark Matter of the Popular Imagination

February 2006
Leonardo Reviews

Under the Spell of Dziga Vertov's “Kino—Eye” and “Kino—Ear”: Le Giornate Del Cinema Muto, 23rd Edition

October 2005
Leonardo Reviews

Documentary Film at the Junction Between Art, Politics, and New Technologies

October 2005
Leonardo Reviews

The Cinema, or The Imaginary Man

April 2006
Leonardo Reviews

The Aegina Academy, A Forum for Art and Science: Light/Image/Illusion

June 2006
Leonardo Reviews

18th International Documentary Film-Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Amsterdam, Netherlands, 24 November-4 December 2005, www.idfa.nl.

October 2006
Leonardo Reviews

6th Shadow Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands, 22-30 November 2005, www.shadowfestival.nl.

October 2006
Leonardo Reviews

Angels and Demons in Art by Rosa Giorgi. Getty Publications, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A., 2005. 384 pp., illus. Paper. ISBN: 0-89236-830-6

February 2007
Leonardo Reviews

Malick Sidibé: Portrait of the Artist as a Portraitist by Susan Vogel. First Run/Icarus Films, Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A., 2006. VHS, 8 min, color. Distributor's web site: www.frif.com

April 2007
Leonardo Reviews

Our Daily Bread by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. First Run/Icarus Films, Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A., 2006. Video-DVD, 92 min, color. Distributor's web site: 〈www.frif.com

August 2007
Leonardo Reviews

Traces of Light: Absence and Presence in the Work of Loïe Fuller by Ann Cooper Albright. Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT, U.S.A., 2007. 229 pp., illus. Trade, paper. ISBN: 0-8195-6843-0; ISBN: 0-8195-6842-2

October 2008
Leonardo Reviews

Two Regimes of Madness: Texts and Interviews 1975–1995 by Gilles Deleuze; edited by David Lapoujade; translated by Ames Hodges and Mike Taormina. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2008. 424 pp. Paper. ISBN-13: 978-1-58435-062-0

February 2009
Leonardo Reviews

French Colonial Documentary: Mythologies of Humanitarianism by Peter J. Bloom. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, London, U.S.A./U.K., 2008. 280 pp., illus. Trade, paper. ISBN: 978-0-8166-4628-9; 978-0-8166-4629-6

June 2009
Leonardo Reviews

Memory against Culture by Johannes Fabian. Duke University Press, Durham and London, U.S.A/U.K., 2007. 208 pp., illus. Hardcover; paperback

October 2009
Leonardo Reviews

Mechanical Love by Phie Ambo, director. 52 min, 2007. Distributed by Icarus Films, New York, U.S.A., 2009. 〈www.icarusfilms.com

February 2010
Leonardo Reviews

The Origin of Humanness in the Biology of Love by Humberto Maturana Romesin and Gerda Verden-Zöller. Imprint Academic, Exeter, U.K., 2008. 227 pp., illus. Paper. ISBN: 978-184540088-0

April 2010
Leonardo Reviews

Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy by Erin Manning. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, and London, U.K., 2009. 272 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-0-262-13490-3

April 2011
Leonardo Reviews

The Object Reader edited by Fiona Candlin and Raiford Guins. Routledge Taylor Francis Group, London and New York, 2009. 576 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0-415-45229-8

June 2011
Leonardo Reviews

Modernism after Wagner by Juliet Koss. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, U.S.A., London, U.K., 2009. 416 pp., illus. Trade, paper. ISBN: 978-0-8166-5158-0; ISBN 978-0-8166-5159-7

October 2012
Leonardo Reviews

A Boatload of Wild Irishmen directed by Mac Dara Ó Curraidbin. Scriptwriter: Brian Winston. 84 min. DVD, color. Distributor's website: icarusfilms.com

June 2013
Leonardo Reviews

Theatre, Opera and Consciousness: History and Current Debates by Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe. Rodopi Press, Amsterdam, the Netherlands/New York, NY, U.S.A., 2013. 241 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-3663-5

April 2014
Leonardo Reviews

How Things Shape the Mind: A Theory of Material Engagement by Lambros Malafouris. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2013. 304 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-0-262-01919-4

June 2014
Reviews

The Intelligence of a Machine

June 2015