Many worlds: the ontology of the moving image in the digital age

Cameron Stuart Ironside

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis


This thesis presents a conceptual framework for aesthetics in the digital age that delineates creative moving-images as ontologies of possible worlds. This approach resolves problems in postmodernism concerning the end of history and the nature of reality. This research builds upon Deleuze's philosophy to argue for a 'third age' of cinema that exemplifies multipliable virtual-worlds. Leibniz, Modal Realism and Borges' 'The garden of Forking Paths' are cited as the basis for this aesthetic. Moving-images form specific types of worlds, involving the conference of light through cinematic effects: montage, editing and mise-en-scene. Images are further delineated into creative affects and percepts.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Publication statusUnpublished - Jan 2014


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