IIPC Debate 7 Dec

IIPC debate:  Monday 7.12., 16:15 
Spatial Imagination in Contemporary Music Video
Mathias Bonde Korsgaard, Aarhus University


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When compared to other audiovisual media, music video has occasionally been credited with opting for “a different articulation of space and time” (Shaviro 2017, 58). Scholars have noted how music videos “expand and transcend our conceptions of temporality and spatiality” (Frahm, 2010, 155), maintaining that music video space is often “fragmented and unstable” (Vernallis 2004, 116) or “hybrid” (Willis 2005; Korsgaard 2017ff). This spatial hybridity can be taken to mean two different things. Firstly, on a general level any music video represents space on two planes at once: an auditory/musical space alongside a visual/cinematic space, with the interrelation between these two creating a distinctly composite “audiovisual space” (Lexmann 2008, 49). Secondly, the notion of spatial hybridity also more specifically implies that music videos are visually discontinuous and fragmented with different spaces and image-planes frequently intermingling and colliding. This hybrid and composite nature of music video necessarily calls for an equally hybrid and composite theoretical and methodological approach to the analysis of music video spaces. Departing from an interdisciplinary theoretical framework, this lecture will engage with spatial imagination in contemporary music video, detailing how music video spaces are characterized by having become increasingly heterogeneous in the digital age.


Frahm, Laura (2010), “Liquid Cosmos. Movement and Mediality in Music Video”, in Rewind. Play. Fast Forward. The Past, Present and Future of the Music Video. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 155-178.

Korsgaard, Mathias Bonde (2017), Music Video After MTV: Audiovisual Studies, New Media, and Popular Music. London & New York: Routledge.

Lexmann, Juraj (2008), Audiovisual Media and Music Culture. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Shaviro, Steven (2017), Digital Music Videos. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Vernallis, Carol (2004), Experiencing Music Video: Aesthetics and Cultural Context. New York: Columbia University Press.

Willis, Holly (2005), New Digital Cinema. London & New York: Wallflower.


Mathias Bonde Korsgaard is assistant professor of film and media at School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. He is the author of Music Video After MTV (Routledge, 2017) and has published widely on music video, film, and audiovisual studies. He is editor in chief of the Danish online film journal 16:9.

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