The multi-image: cinematic collage as revelation and revolution

Gerrard, C (2023) 'The multi-image: cinematic collage as revelation and revolution.' In: Rui Graça, A, Baggio, E.T and Penafria, M, eds. Filmmakers on film: global perspectives. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 149-159. ISBN 9781839024870

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This chapter explores how multiple perspectives and complex fluid reality can be represented in film through the use of the multi-image, a category of film technique which includes split-screen, superimposition and collage. Any frame containing multiple images and foregrounding their relationships and interactions is a multi-image. This chapter traces the technique’s theoretical possibilities through reference to its practical adopters. The opening describes the multi-image’s origins and place within the overarching narrative of cinema. This is followed by descriptions of Jean Epstein’s photogénie and Dziga Vertov’s kino-eye which conceptualise the multi-image as an enhancement to human perception, allowing film to represent natural and philosophical truths hidden from the ordinary view. This leads into the theory of Jean-Luc Godard who claims layered images can gain new, revolutionary meaning through their interaction.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2023 18:40
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