imageFriday 6/8/07, first day of the pocket film festival (international film festival done with camphones). When arriving some sort of "portable trees": mobile phones pending from enlightened transparent plastic trees welcome everybody. In these cellphones one is able to watch different short films randomly and at personal pace. These films are divided into 4 categories: small screen (52), moving images (49), mobile memory (35), and mobile series (41). (Anyway, I did not quite understand the reason of this division).

But soon the atelier-debate starts and I have to rush into the small amphitheatre (la petite salle du centre Pompidou). We might be around 40 persons. The first speaker is Titus Bicknell, Head of Mobile Technologies at Discovery Communications LLC. His paper is very interesting. His question is rather simple but very smart: "how can we think about screens?" Nowadays, after the cinema, after the television, after this computer that we are looking at, probably right now while you are reading this article, more and more we are watching a fourth screen: the one in our portable phone. By comparing the small screen and the big screen, cinema and television and then with computers and finally to portable phones, he also makes a distinction between the ways people's habits are changing. We used to be surrounded by image and sound; now we are used to being on the move. It is for that reason that we are no longer absorbed by the content, now we've got many different points of view. Bicknell talks about space as anamorphous, a metaphor I'd like to understand better... if anyone has any hint...

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