The book, Beyond Spatial Montage: Windowing, or, the Cinematic Displacement of Time, Motion and Space by Michael Betancourt, will be published by Focal Press, ISBN 9781138938663. This theory challenges received notions about the relationship between realism, spatial montage and their formal organization in the production of motion pictures.
The approach employed is new, arguing for a hybrid analysis that engages both heuristics and critical hermeneutics without the formalist ideologies that have commonly limited analysis of this type. Its concern primarily with morphology and structure provides a semiotic foundation for situating multiple image works in relation to earlier montage and long take-based media as well as expanded cinema. The taxonomy this research supports offers a new framework to conceptualize the linkages between media art and narrative cinema.