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» The future may have already arrived; well, for those of us who live in Asia's cities. As is regularly and widely reported, the rapid rate of urban growth and change in this part of the world leaves most of us reeling. As soon as we begin to understand the present, it is usually already past.
» 'The cultural experience of filmic images and of cinema-going, during an extended historical period, directed and inflected many or all of the ways of living and ways of perceiving populations worldwide." So writes the British academic Stephen Barber in his book Abandoned Images: Film and Film's End (Reaktion Books, 2010), a theoretical study of what he describes as "the great black holes of the historical documentation of film". That is, the architectural spaces of cinemas that receive scant intellectual attention.
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