Altered Body Maps and the Cinematic Sensorium

Anna Powell

in Deleuze, Altered States and Film

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780748632824
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651139 | DOI:
Altered Body Maps and the Cinematic Sensorium

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This chapter explores the altered body maps of haptics and synaesthesia in short experimental films with spiritual and erotic material. It provides a critical analysis of several relevant films including Kenneth Anger's Puce Moment, Stan Brakhage's Dog Star Man and Tony Conrad's The Flicker. The chapter suggests that films stimulate virtual sensation and induce affect by haptics and synaesthesia, and argues that Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's reconceptualisation of the body as anorganic is both radical and contentious.

Keywords: experimental films; altered body maps; haptics; synaesthesia; Puce Moment; Dog Star Man; Flicker; Gilles Deleuze; Félix Guattari

Chapter.  16046 words. 

Subjects: Film

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