[Humanist] 26.438 laboratory into the world

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Oct 31 07:29:23 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 438.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:13:26 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: extending the laboratory into the world

In her article, "Desired machines: Cinema and the world in its own 
image", Science in Context 24.3 (2011): 329-59, Jimena Canales studies 
the history of scientific research into the production of moving images, 
which, she argues, suffered a decisive break when recording camera and 
projecting camera became separate devices. Toward the end of the 
article, she writes:

> For non-scientists the essence of cinema was increasingly defined in
> terms of its emancipation from the laboratory – a step which occurred
> along with the adoption and mass production of filmstrips
> (Banet-Rivet, 1 August 1907; Trutat 1899b). The development of the
> cinematographic industry was part of a modern trend that extended
> laboratory methods to the outside world through new industrialized
> and standardized production methods. Eugène Trutat, honorary
> president of the Société photographique and director of the Muséum
> d’Histoire naturelle at Toulouse, noticed how “from the laboratory of
> men of science the modern discovery goes to the factory” (Trutat
> 1899a)....

In the case of cinema continuity from lab to mass-market was broken. But 
is not Trutat's observation true of computing in a non-trivial sense?



Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Professor, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics,
University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist
(www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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