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Nonlinear narratives: crossing borders between contemporary film, art and digital media practice

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posted on 02.10.2015, 10:40 authored by Christin Bolewski
This is a report on a practice-based research project called ‘Journeys in Travel’, which investigates contemporary modes of nonlinear narratives in film, art and digital media practice. It is a single case study, which suggests as its main contribution to set new ground in the development of nonlinear narratives that the structural form of cinematic essay is a suitable adoption for nonlinear database film, which is referred to as ‘database essay’. The video installation ‘Journeys in Travel’ is based on an algorithmic computer-controlled system and tells a story of travel. The Open Source Software ‘PD’ (Pure Data), a real-time music and multimedia environment mainly used to create live-algorithmic musical improvisation and (interactive) music composition, controls here an infinite audiovisual narrative. It is a temporary, open-ended arrangement, which sets in motion a seemingly endless chain of references to related topics: Foreign places, tourism, ethnography, globalisation, a hyperconnected world, movement, pace, rhythm and the relationship of film (structure), narrative and travel. ‘Journeys in Travel’ is designed as a creative investigation into multiple modes of contemporary digital narrative constructions. The database of video and sound elements can act as a source for varying experimental approaches where the 'data' or 'units' of the story are arranged and assembled according to different computer algorithms.

History

School

  • The Arts, English and Drama

Department

  • Arts

Published in

THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE ARTS IN SOCIETY

Volume

6,1

Pages

239 - 250 (12)

Citation

BOLEWSKI, C., 2011. Nonlinear narratives: crossing borders between contemporary film, art and digital media practice. International Journal of the Arts in Society, 6 (1), pp. 239 - 250.

Publisher

Common Ground Publishing © the author

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2011

Notes

This article was published in the International Journal of the Arts in Society [Common Ground Publishing]. Readers must contact Common Ground for permission to reproduce the article: http://commongroundpublishing.com/

ISSN

1833-1866

Language

en