An Archaeology of Mobile Film: Blink, Bluevend and the Pocket Shorts

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This chapter will undertake archaeology of the first generation of film made for the ‘fourth screen’ by looking at a project set up by Blink in 2005. It will consider the project’s prototype film distribution system, the Bluvend (a splice of Bluetooth and a vending machine) and the series of commissioned films known as Pocket Shorts. In the light of this, the chapter will contend that mobile telephony’s technical affordances played a part in shaping a new generation of short form. While Bluvend turned spectatorship into a social experience and was a forerunner of social media engagement with film today.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompact Cinematics
EditorsPepita Hesselberth, Maria Poulaki
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
ChapterPart 4, Chapter 13
ISBN (Print)9781501322266
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2017


  • Mobile phone; fourth screen; media archaeology; technical affordances; Bluetooth


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