Psychoanalyzing Cinema: A Productive Encounter with Lacan, Deleuze, and Zizek
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The essays within this collection explore the possibilities and potentialities of all three positions, presenting encounters that are, at times contradictory, at other times supportive, as well as complementary. The collection thereby enriches the questions that are being raised within contemporary cinematic studies.
consistency of unity that is experienced in day-to-day life (or situation) rests on the pure multiplicity (the void), which is radically unknowable. Further, this inconsistent multiplicity is ‘Nothing’—a void, since it must be subtracted from the situation to be counted (since it is consistent). Yet, there is always a remainder. Because there is a remainder the void is also in the situation! The void [R1] is, therefore, both excluded and included in the situation. The void is, therefore, the gap
ontology (OOO), as heterogeneously developed by Graham Harman, Levy Bryant, Ian Bogost, Jane Bennett, Karan Barad, Tim Morton, Quentin Meillassoux, Ray Brassier as well as many others, dovetails with Deleuze|Guattari’s inorganic materialism when it comes to the ethicopolitical implications of this development given that OOO also recognizes ‘passive vitalism’ of ‘things’ as they do (see Colebrooke, 2010). There has been a concerted attempt to develop a schizoanalysis of film,91 the key to which, I
which is light, it is the set of images, or the light, which is consciousness, immanent to matter. As for our consciousness of fact, it will merely be the opacity without which light ‘is always propagated without its source ever having been revealed’” (61). In this reversal of the optical logic of the enlightenment, human as well as nonhuman consciousness has to be subtracted from the ideal of a pure, unrefracted light; from the universal, anonymous, white dance—what Bergson calls the ‘undirected
protocols of consolidation, but also of the possibilities of undocking and of becoming other. In general, of the dynamics between territorializations, deterritorializations, and reterritorializations. If a perceptual system is completely molecularized and deterritorialized, it dissolves into this photonic plane, becoming once more anonymous: “In the final analysis, we would have to speak of a perception which was no longer liquid but gaseous. For, if we start from a solid state, where molecules
whose philosophical expositions are equally jewels of articulation. One way is to accept Žižek’s ‘God’-like position, his commentary on everything, which generates inconsistencies, obscuranticism, incoherence, rhizomatic essays, comedic relief, and Escher-like representations as an enactment of his own sinthome. Like Joyce, the ‘litter of the letter’ is the extraordinary, mind-boggling output of essays, books, interviews, and films. It is a cultivation of negation and destruction as a form of