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(In)visibility and (Un)awareness in Complex Cinema

Poulaki, M (2015) (In)visibility and (Un)awareness in Complex Cinema In: Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture. Routledge.

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Abstract

Contemporary techno-cultural conditions bring a qualitative shift in cinematic communication, which arguably becomes increasingly complex in its structure. This chapter suggests a complex systems framework to approach this shift. Using the films Antichrist and Melancholia as a twofold case study, I argue that, in them and other complex or “mind-game” films, film form becomes a machine of multiple observation, expressed through many instances of systemic self-reference that create mise-en-abyme structures, where viewers repeatedly locate and lose themselves. Complex cinema engages film and viewer in a mutual systemic constitution and communication, of which uncertainty is the basic principle.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors :
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Poulaki, Mm.poulaki@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 October 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords : ubiquitous computing, cinema, complexity, film form, Lars von Trier, Melancholia, systems theory, Luhmann, mind-game films, complex narrative
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:34
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:36
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/820549

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