The essay focuses on the processes of intermedia in visual media. The author's analysis of the merging of still, moving and computed images reveals that, in intermedia, images tend to-ward a spatial, rather than temporal, organizing prin-ciple. This shift becomes evident in particular in the moving images in such elec-tronic films as Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books. The limits of intermedia in the electronic medium are unfolded in the concept of the coherent im-age by Zbigniew Rybczynski. Another concept of com-pression and convergence is demonstrated by Clea T. Waite in her crossing two-and three-dimensionality in a video installation.

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Yvonne Spielmann is a teacher of Media Studies at Cornell University. She is the author of numerous books and essays on experimentation and the avant-garde; history and theory of visual media; aesthetic theory in the twentieth century; and media theories, intermedia and visual culture. She is currently writing a book on video.