Although throughout my research, most of the examples and analysis that I've done had been primary focus on the many ways that spatial montage is being presented/adapted in cinema industry; nevertheless, at the end of the day we are studying 'Networking' not 'Cinema.' Beside from the fact that the extract we are examining is titled 'The new age of CINEMA' I believe that it is easier for me to grasp the idea of the extract through the lenses of a 'cinema perspective' which I'm most comfortable with. Overall, as I write more about cinema, I began to really see and acknowledge the interwoven connection between cinema and networking in terms of the concept of spatial montage!
In my hypertext essay, I aim to create a hypertext essay that's both aesthetically engaging and interactive! Instead of a text-filled html webpage, I wish to use images and videos to signify the conceptual ideas that Lev Manovich talked about in his book. Stay tune to my future works
Manovich’s basic idea of spatial montage is that “In general, spatial montage would involve a number of images, potentially of different sizes and proportions, appearing on the screen at the same time.” (Manovich 2002)
However, as he continues, "This by itself of course does not result in montage; it up to the filmmaker to construct a logic which drives which images appear together, when they appear and what kind of relationships they enter with each other," it gets a bit more complicated. There are several types of spatial montage that I'll aim to clarify in this summery blog post.
Manovich's definition of Spatial Montage: "spatial montage means meaningful juxtaposition of more than one image stream within a single screen."
Bordwell, D. and K. Thompson. 2007. Film Art: An Introduction, 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Manovich, L. September 2002.The Archeology of Windows and Spatial Montage.
Branco, Sergio. 2008,“The Mosaic-Screen: Explanation and Definition” Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media, vol. 14, no.2
“We don’t know, this is one of the problems of technology- and that is that the pictures advance the facts.”
CBS Eyewitness News anchor reporting live on the September 11th terrorist attacks, commenting on the immediacy of modern media and its dangerous ability to broadcast and disseminate images before they can be analyzed and contextualized.
This is a chronological time-graph montage of the news reports during the 911 week around the world:
According to Lev Manovich:
" This new cinematic aesthetics of density seems to be highly appropriate for our age. If we are surrounded by highly dense information surfaces, from city streets to Web pages, it is appropriate to expect from cinema a similar logic. In similar fashion, we may think of spatial montage as reflecting another contemporary daily experience – working with a number of different applications on a stream of traditional cinema."
After reading this, it's very clear that the best way to demonstrate its concept and "IDEA" is to draw a GRAPH!!
Basically, Manovich's argument aims to suggest a new form of cinema that is 'appropriate for our age,' an age where we are constantly exposed to 'highly dense' and techno-savvy contents. Instead of concentrating on doing one particular task at a time, we find it more gratifying by 'MULTITASKING': switching our attention from the TV screen in front of us to a computer screen, to another computer window, to the multiple-tabs within the window, to music, to our phone, texting, facebooking, web surfing, video chatting...ALL AT THE SAME TIME! Manovich relates our 'contemporary daily experience' and suggests that perhaps a new revolution of cinema should take place to 'adapt' and become more up-to-date with the society. He believes that the single stream and linear narrative cinema form is too outdated; in order to advance the experience of the audience, we should present them with multiple-streams of audio-visual information simultaneously. (Because we are capable of processing multifaceted simultaneous contents in our everyday life.... the new interactive cinema is a better option and more satisfying than the traditional one.)
" Spatial montage represents an alternative to traditional cinematic temporal montage, replacing its traditional sequential mode with a spatial one"
Let the battle between 'Traditional Cinema' and 'New Cinema' Begin!!
Cinema, Entertainment, Web design, Product development, Advertising....Technology Evolution!
SCORE!! This is by far the best example of 'New Media' I've found so far! THIS IS SOME NEXT LEVEL SPATIAL MONTAGE!!
The Wilderness Downtown is a groundbreaking 'Google Chrome Experiment' that showcased explicitly the capability of modern-day New Cinema technology, contextualising Manovich's 'Spatial Montage' and 'Interactive Cinema' theories. This will undeniably be one of his primary example of New Cinema, if he were writing the 'New Language of Cinema' today!
Google chrome adapted several utilities such as "Choreographed windows, interactive flocking, custom rendered maps, real-time compositing, procedural drawing, 3D canvas rendering" to enhance its spectators involvement while watching Arcade Fire's music video on computer. Watching music video on computer suddenly become a 'LIVE' in which as audiences, we no longer are just watching an ordinary music video, but be invited to participate in performing the music video.
Bare in mind that although this is an interactive spatial montage, it still fell shot to demonstrate Manovich's concept of 'multi stream audio visual' and 'non-linear narrative'. There is still a clear narrative that is driven by Arcade Fire's song 'We Used to Wait'. However, this is still a remarkable a step forward for the development of New Media that I believe in a few years time may well change the way we view digital cinema on computers. Perhaps, this will be a new marketing strategy for the music industry that can potentially be the solution to the constant declining record sales as each album may provide a specific code that allows its owner to explore more about the album or songs on the net! The future is bright