text, image, and sound relationships
Should or do illustrations merely or only serve the text of a book? I guess it depends on the book, is it a comic book, novel, or picture book.
Should the visual seek to be unintrusive, humbly self-sacrificial in serving the text?
Should one medium self-consciously contrast or harmonize with it's opposite medium producing some sort of synesthetic polyphony?
Should the visuals of a music video merely be an advertisement for the song or publicity/notoriety of the singer? (here is a good counter-example, on the right side of the page)
This is similar to the form/content discussion, but the textual,visual, and audible all have their respective contents. "Form is the shape of content"
If this is so, perhaps the images, words, and sounds are simply mediated shapes of the same 'content', though this seems too platonic. Visuals aren't simple containers for the message or meaning of a piece of artwork.
This is also similar to the form/function discussion. I like Tim Smith's “Form REJOICES in function” rather then "Form follows function."
How does this relate to film?
In film, I think we have more unity of text/image/sound then say a music video. Where do comic books, graphic novels, and children's story books lie on the spectrum?
It would also be interesting to think about the relationship of text and sound in various musical genres. For example, Country being on the content/text side of things and say, Electronica being on the sound/form side.