Knowing with New Media


Essential Ripples:

Divergence Convergence

Representing Meaning-making

Stability Plasticity

Traditional Digital

Cinematic writing

Cinematic writing — writing with images, sounds and motions — is an operational semiotic resource responsive to the contemporary conditions
of knowledge-production.
It is considered an effective method of communication within the context
of  Ripples learning because:

1. We live in a unique, historical condition where the means of knowledge-production have been privatised. This means the knower can act as an investigator discovering their unique personal traits in multimodal meaning-making. The knower is also an inventor of their exclusive way of meaning articulation who 'brings forth a world' (Maturana & Varela, 1998, p. 26) rooted in their individual relationships with natural and sociocultural environments.

2. Cinematic writing functions as multimodal text and acts as a system
of expression that contributes to today's dominant cultural logic of deep remixability engendered by the affordances of new media.
Deep remixability — a condition that embraces remixability between heterogeneous categories: actions, experiences, observations, conceptions, techniques, materials and methods — is the backbone of cinematic writing. Based on the logic and attainable technicality of deep remixability, cinematic writing, as an evolving genre, can be easily amended to the idiosyncrasies
of the knower. Therefore it is conducive to the endless hybridisation which satisfies individual psychological needs in the construction of new knowledge.

3. Cinematic writing is a 'circular' methodology of representation. It does not favour one mode of expression over the other, but 'rippling' from alphabetic writing into a larger multidimensional world, it gradually incorporates other modalities into its narrative. By diverging converging, it allows the knower to reconnect themselves with the traditional digital elaboration of their personal textual universe.

'For me, education means making creators... You have to make inventors, innovators,
not conformists'.

Piaget, 1980


Cinematic writing is a system of knowledge articulation. It involves the transfer and organisation of data gathered with personal digital tools (smart phones, digital tablets) and analogue techniques (hand-drawn sketches, hand-written notes and so on).

The data is assembled into digital formats within software such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe InDesign. Microsoft Word is not recommended due to its limitations.

The data in cinematic writing are arranged in a do-it-yourself style, reflecting the individual's 'mind-cinema'. Thought expressions, annotations and responses to peer feedback in writing are not treated as a separated body of articulated meaning, but put into dialogue with non-linguistic modes of representation.



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Humberto R Maturana &

Francisco J Varela


Sergei Eisenstein


Jean Piaget