The longest-running publication devoted to artists’ moving image, the MFJ consists of highly readable image-rich commentary about the most talented, innovative and influential contemporary artists working with analog and digital media. In an age of specialisation, their unique focus has garnered a committed global following including art, film and visual culture enthusiasts. The single commitment is to cinema as an art form.
This issue: In archaeology, an artifact is an object produced by human hands that emerges during excavation field work and may reveal aspects of past societies: facts about extinct ways of life. In computer science, artifact refers to data that obscures or misleads rather than reveals. This second definition also serves to qualify the first. Is archaeology not itself hampered by external factors? Is the pursuit of past realities ever an objective or uncomplicated practice? Who goes about this work, with what methods and instruments? Throughout this issue of Millennium Film Journal, our contributors apply this line of questioning to media artifacts.