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avant-garde movies, motion graphics, and theory
by Michael Betancourt

This site presents extracts from Michael Betancourt's current research and writing projects, with news about current developments. A portfolio of finished, published writing is available here.

His trilogy of studies on film theory using title sequences as a model uniting avant-garde, documentary and commercial motion pictures were published in the Routledge Studies in Media Theory and Practice series: Semiotics and Title Sequences, Synchronization and Title Sequences, and Title Sequences as Paratexts.

If you are looking for more on agnotology, digital capitalism, or automated/immaterial labor and AI, look at The Digital, which presents links to his most recently published articles and other research on the political economy of digital capitalism contained in his books The Critique of Digital Capitalism and Force Magnifier. This analysis identifies how digital technology has captured contemporary society in a reification of capitalist priorities that includes the shift to automation and AI. The theory proposed in this book is the description of how digital capitalism as an ideologically invisible framework is realized in technology.

You can watch his movies here.

More articles, reviews, interviews, and translations are posted on


E-Book Versions for Online Classes

story © Michael Betancourt | published September 8, 2022 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


One of the problems with teaching during the pandemic is the accessibility of textbooks. Here are links to ebook versions of some of my books for anyone who needs them:

The History of Motion Graphics

A Short Guide to Writing About Motion Graphics

Force Magnifier: The Cultural Impacts of Artificial Intelligence

Glitch Art in Theory and Practice: Critical Failures and Post-Digital Aesthetics

Semiotics and Title Sequences: Text-Image Composites in Motion Graphics

Title Sequences as Paratexts: Narrative Anticipation and Recapitulation

Synchronization and Title Sequences: Audio-Visual Semiosis in Motion Graphics

Typography and Motion Graphics: The 'Reading-Image'

Ideologies of the Real in Title Sequences, Motion Graphics and Cinema

Beyond Spatial Montage: Windowing, or the Cinematic Displacement of Time, Motion, and Space

The Critique of Digital Capitalism

The Instaglitch @ Glitch Art is Dead

story © Michael Betancourt | published September 2, 2022 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


On September 3, 4, and 5, 2022 Glitch Art is Dead will be showing both my installation/movie Instaglitches (2021) and selected images from the Instaglitch Project. There is a a portfolio of these static images available here.

New Typoems in

story © Michael Betancourt | published July 12, 2022 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


The new issue of includes four of my typoems!

Digital Graffiti 2022 - Best of Show - Alys Beach, FL

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 13, 2022 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


I am honored to have my work chosen as Best of Show at Digital Graffiti 2022. This was a great show with so much wonderful work, I am really happy to have been a part of it!

The show was in Alys Beach, FL from May 13 to May 14.

DG2022 was curated by John Colette and included work by Adriana Moya, Alex Campbell, Andy McKeown, August Bach, Bettina Mller, Border Williams, Carlos Vargas, Chandler Williams, Chris Cameron and Christina Georgieva, David Bennett, Eddie Lohmeyer, Eric Homan, Fumie Matters, Irene Mamiye, Isabel Clavo, Jeremy Newman, Jonah Allen, Kate Balsley, Katie Rolph and lo Ermoli, Katina Bitsicas, Keaton Fox and Renee Silva, Linda Loh, Luke Hildreth, Maria Fernandez, Michael Burton, and Michael Betancourt. Along with pieces by the Artists in Residence: mammasONica Peter Clark and Cody Samson Shmody.

Typoetry folio/book from nOIR:Z

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 5, 2022 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


A limited edition filio/book of my typoems, Thoughts Without Words is now available from the Candaian publisher nOIR:Z.