Posted on August 15th, 2011 No comments
Who’s the man behind this term ‘Spatial Montage‘?
–> Lev Manovich (Manovich blogs here)
Manovich is famous for his book The Language of New Media where he studied the relationship between the new media and old media such as cinema. Manovich used Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera where he relates to the idea of new media theory especially the technique of spatial montage. Manovich also came out with a project called Soft Cinema.
Here’s a summary of the project taken from the website
Soft Cinema project mines the creative possibilities at the intersection of software culture, cinema, and architecture. Its manifestations include films, dynamic visualizations, computer-driven installations, architectural designs, print catalogs, and DVDs. In parallel, the project investigates how the new representational techniques of soft(ware) cinema can be deployed to address the new dimensions of our time, such as the rise of mega-cities, the “new” Europe, and the effects of information technologies on subjectivity.
At the heart of the project is custom software and media databases. The software edits movies in real time by choosing the elements from the database using the systems of rules defined by the authors.
So what is actually a spatial montage?
According to Mr. Manovich
Spatial montage would involve a number of images, potentially of different sizes and proportions, appearing on the screen at the same time.
Spatial montage represents an alternative to traditional cinematic temporal montage, replacing its traditional sequential mode with a spatial one
One example given in lecture was on this website http://inbflat.net/ which clearer demonstrates spatial montage ‘number of images…appearing at the same time‘.
Next, introducing Jean-Louis Boissier who is famous for her images put side by side in her book. Her work is similar to that of spatial montage as ‘the virtual book opens interactive sequences of images and sounds with variable rhythm animations’.
Moving along, Seth talks about spatial narrative which is a narrative going on simultaneously next to each other. Example of book given: Future Cinema: the cinematic imaginary after film. I went and Google this book and found this line of review really interesting ‘this hybrid cinema melds montage, traditional cinema, experimental literature, television, video, and the net. The new cinematic forms suggest that traditional cinema no longer has the capacity to represent events that are themselves complex configurations of experience, interpretation, and interaction’.
Another example: John Cage: Radio Music 1956- bringing in 12 radio station to create a sound art.
New term: spatial montage (√), spatial narrative (√), multiple perspectives ( )
For this lecture topic, multiple perspectives involves split screen. According to Sergio Dias Branco, ‘split screen is a well-known multi-frame technique used in film, television, and video’. It is unfortunate that the images on the link Seth shared with us was not working. But here’s the link of it anyway. There are still some good reads in that link about mosaic-screen.
Here are some examples of split screen used in
1) film –127 Hours
To project images of the action simultaneously
– The Parent Trap
To portray twins. (I never knew this technique was called split screen).
2) Music Video –Michael Jackson in Billie Jean
3) Television –24
*Spatial montage keeps all the images. The images overlap each other and replace the other image at the bottom but the image will still be there.
Thought to ponder on:
How writing is changed on the device being used? –How does your essay change when you work on a computer?