Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media


Thirty Speculations Toward a Polyphonic Model for New Media Documentary

Patricia R. Zimmermann

1. A polyphonic model for new media documentary moves from the one to the many on all levels: concept, distribution, exhibition, iterations, interfaces, issues, people, platforms, skills, technologies.

2. Polyphony derives from Baroque music: it designates the layering of melodies to produce new sounds and new relationships. New media documentary moves from the monophonic of one voice and one argument toward the polyphonic of many voices, many strategies, many technologies, many interfaces, and many iterations. Like Baroque musical forms, polyphonic new media strategies are generative.


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ISSN 2009-4078

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