Cross Section as a Montage of Attractions

architects Elke Delugan-Meissl, Roman Delugan
project Residental Building with Offices and a Kindergarten, Vienna, Austria
written by Alan Kostrenčić


Montage is a bit like constructing a sentence out of words.


Dziga Vertov and Sergei Eisenstein, pioneers of avant-garde filmmaking, revolutionized cinematography at the beginning of the 20th century with unusual editing, or montage. Eisenstein used the term “montage of attractions”, famous from his classic motion picture The Battleship Potemkin. The method consisted of the editor inserting frames that are not directly connected to the narrative structure of the scene they were added to, in order to achieve a metaphor. The shock achieved by the non-linearity of the narration creates something like a perceptive quantum leap that can paint the usual frames with new, unthinkable meanings.