The massification of digital technologies of image recording, the participatory web and video-sharing platforms such as YouTube have deeply transformed the way in which filmmakers can portray and approach reality. More and more artists are re-appropriating, re-using and editing in their films user generated content and vernacular videos found online. “Desktop films” are the result of these experiences, post-films defending an ecology of the image that take advantage of the audiovisual “pollution” of the digital ecosystem and recycle these “digital detritus” (Steyerl). These extremely contemporary films are born at the crossroad of two media, internet and cinema, and are redefining cinematographic art and its borders in a radical way.
Gala Hernández is a PhD Researcher within the doctoral program Esthétique, Sciences et Technologies des Arts (EDESTA) at University Paris 8, working on a research-creation project about desktop films under the supervision of Cécile SORIN, in co-direction with Sergi SÁNCHEZ from University Pompeu Fabra. She is part of the laboratory Esthétique, Sciences et Technologies du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel (ESTCA).