Split Screen Banquet

Thomas Crown AffairI was shown this site about a year ago and have been enamoured with it ever since. It is a repository of split-screen imagery from film, TV and installation art. Here is the way James Seo described his blog when he started it in July 2005:



Split Screen is a weblog dedicated to the art of the split screen and other types of multi-layered visuals.

I’m a big fan of the typical split screen: the frame is divided into two or more areas, and each area shows a different scene or a different view of the same scene, so that multiple images are shown at the same time. More generally, I’m interested in the simultaneous use of multiple layers of imagery - side by side, superimposed, and otherwise visually orchestrated - to add depth and richness in narration, meaning, emotion and representation of time and space.

I’m going to use this weblog to compile a list of split-screen and other many-as-one visuals. I’ll be focusing on media based on moving images: movies, TV shows, music videos, commercials, video art, live performance visuals, computational art, video games. Links to video clips will be provided when possible. I might occasionally post about related artforms such as comics, collage and photomontage. I’ll also present some of my own experiments in split-screen filmmaking.

What I love about this site is the aggregation of split-screen works (something I find interesting as a researcher into polymorphism) and the fact that he uploads or provides links to the footage for all to view and download. It really is a great resource. Check out Split Screen now.

4 Responses to “Split Screen Banquet”

  1. 1 J Bushnell

    There’s also the Glimpse Culture blog, on the same topic, which survived for a little while but looks like it died in April. Nevertheless, there’s some interesting stuff stockpiled there, probably most notably this article on the contemporary resurgenc of split-screen.

  2. 2 Mark Marino

    Here is another curious Split-Screen project:
    A Flickr pool of split screens:

    These are photographic mashups!

  3. 3 Christy Dena

    Excellent additions guys.

  4. 4 Jeremy Douglass

    You know, I’ve been thinking lately about “split” interfaces in hypertext and interactive fiction - not necessarily two output video channels, but two “frames,” as for example when one frame contains the input channel and one the output channel. Typically multimedia IF isolates the input channel or prompt in a separate frame, and prints to the transcript channel - although some IF use a separate image or channel on the top, corner, or side, and then print the transcript into a refreshing or scrolling box. This raises some interesting interactive issues: for example, do you record the input commands with the transcript, or do you leave them out?

    I suppose what I’m thinking here is that “split screen” (two or more video channels) overlaps with “frames” (two or more media channels). As the blog defines it, split screen also encompasses a lot of picture-in-picture and other techniques, but the general provocation is to think of most interfaces (even one as simple as Adventure) as multi-channel….

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