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Intermedial relations have been categorized in many intricate systems but for the purpose of this essay I find it sufficient to differentiate between two main types, each holding a variety of merging variants: on the one hand, combination and integration of media and, on the other hand, mediation and transformation of media. Depending on their modal character and to a certain extent also on their qualifying properties, media can be both rather loosely combined and intimately integrated. Media consisting of many modes are in a way ‘integrated’ in themselves.

In the case of a dance being transformed to an auditory text, the spatiotemporal furthermore is reduced to a primarily temporal mode, and, perhaps most importantly, the iconic mode is transformed to a symbolic mode. The qualified medium photography being mediated by a book is another example of potentially radical mediation. Again, I can think of at least two ways of mediating photography by way of the technical medium of a book. If reproduced as an image, the book is an ideal technical medium for mediating a photograph, and certainly other still images as well, presenting virtually no modal limitations at all compared with how photography is usually presented.

The qualified medium photography being mediated by a book is another example of potentially radical mediation. Again, I can think of at least two ways of mediating photography by way of the technical medium of a book. If reproduced as an image, the book is an ideal technical medium for mediating a photograph, and certainly other still images as well, presenting virtually no modal limitations at all compared with how photography is usually presented. In fact, the book must be seen as one of the technical 34 Media, Modalities and Modes media that originally determined the qualifying aspects of photography.

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