Poetry of Separation: The Aesthetics of Spatial Montage and Generative Editing for Multi-layered Screens

  • So Jung Bahng
  • Doo Won Yoo
  • Patrick Hutchings
  • Chung Kon Shi
  • Graham WakefieldEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 145)


Poetry of Separation’ is a media artwork that utilizes an algorithmic generative editing system, selecting shots in real-time to be rendered over four screens arranged in layers. Editing in cinema reconstructs images by montage, deriving meaning from the juxtaposition of multiple shots. Although multi-screen projections have been used to present sectional montages that stress the simultaneity of events, spatially separated screens can disrupt attentiveness and affective involvement; the layered architecture avoids disruptive fragmentation. The generative editing system selects shots for the layered screens stochastically, with authorial constraints and probabilities using pre-determined shot criteria. Narrative flow and authorial intents are not damaged due to these criteria, but nevertheless unexpected effects arose from the stochastic system. The authorial intentions of improvisation and separation in the film content of ‘Poetry of Separations’ find resonance with the automatism of the generative editing system and multi-dimensionality of the screens.


Generative montage Generative cinema Spatial montage Complexity editing Multi-layered screens Database cinema New media art 



We would like to express our great appreciations to all the contributing artists: performers Kyung Hwang, Tae Geon Lee, Jongook Wang, visual supervisor Kyung Suk Park, art and music director Sae On Im, cinematographer Won Suk Choi, assistant director Hyo Kyung Noh, jimmy jib operator Ju Cheon Moon, production managers Hyo Jin Sin, Hye Jin Kim, Hyn Jin Oh. We would also like to extend our thanks to Prof. Jin Hee Kim and Prof. Yi Kyung Kim and Rooni Lee who provided insights and improvement for this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • So Jung Bahng
    • 1
  • Doo Won Yoo
    • 1
  • Patrick Hutchings
    • 1
  • Chung Kon Shi
    • 1
  • Graham Wakefield
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Graduate School of Culture TechnologyKAISTDaejeonKorea

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