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Non-linear aesthetics

by Critical Commons Manager

These videos exemplify some of the characteristics of non-linear narrative, including the use of looping, real-time temporality, simultaneity, multiplicity, persistence and what Henry Jenkins terms "micronarratives." In her book New Digital Cinema, Holly Willis describes the following factors contributing to the wave of temporal experiments seen in digital cinema, design shorts and music videos as: the shortening of temporal horizons, intense space-time compression, values of instantaneity and simultaneity, treatment of the future as an extended present, and an emphasis on “real-time” and immediacy of action. However, as we see in Tango (1980), temporal experimentation did not begin with the digital age.


A music video that digitally fragments and recomposes space and time in order to play out a simultaneous series of multiple, loop-based micronarratives

from Readymade (2003)
Creator: Francois Vogel
Posted by Ala' Diab