This is a recently finished piece in which I present some thoughts on the cognitive import of contemporary cinema from the perspective of modern neuroanthropology (Metzinger) and rationalist inhumanism (Negarestani), by looking at deviant phenomenal models and various forms of cinematic perception in Gaspar Noé’s psychedelic melodrama Enter the Void (2010). Also included are brief critical accounts of the recently proposed philosophies of aesthetics and cinema by Steven Shaviro and Darren Ambrose. The essay can be found here. Key sequences of the film mentioned in the essay can be found here (DMT-sequence) and here (death-sequence).
July 25, 2014
The Cognitive Import of Contemporary Cinema: ‘Enter the Void’