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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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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
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
Editors :
Ekman, U
Søndergård, M
Bolter, JD
Diaz, L
Engberg, M
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 : 07 Mar 2019 11:27

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