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Embodiment and the Digital Continuum: Post-Cinematic Diffractions in Ex Machina, Her, and Under The Skin

Langill, Cydney (2016) Embodiment and the Digital Continuum: Post-Cinematic Diffractions in Ex Machina, Her, and Under The Skin. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Langill, Cydney
Abstract:

This thesis explores ties between three recent films: Her (2013), Under the Skin (2013), and Ex Machina (2015). I will argue that each of these films incorporates a distinct post-cinematic aesthetic – 1) digitally rendered eco-cinema, 2) hyper-informatic cinema, and 3) transmedia – while narratively working through how bodies are becoming entangled with and porous to their increasingly affective and convergent media. Each of these films show human bodies in-becoming-with technology, both in terms of narrative (or diegesis), and the non-diegetic processes of computer-generated imagery, sonic manipulation and audiovisual or rhythmic intensification that manipulate and digitize bodies as captured by the camera. Each film thus reflexively expresses through post-cinematic affect the spatiotemporal and corporeal discontents associated with the digital shift or the “audiovisual turn” (Vernallis 2013) when humans and technology are in a moment of coevolution: bodies, space, and technology fold into each other and become equalized phenomena, tied by an increasingly reciprocal bio-digital flow.

Date: November 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: Post - cinema, affect, embodiment, new media, new materialism, transcorporeality, eco - cinema, hyper - informatic, transmedia
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 19:22
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2016 19:22
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1318

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