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It's all about snow: Limning the post-human body in Coляpuc/Solaris (Tarkovsky, 1972) and It's All about Love (Vinterberg, 2003)

Thomson, C.C.; (2007) It's all about snow: Limning the post-human body in Coляpuc/Solaris (Tarkovsky, 1972) and It's All about Love (Vinterberg, 2003). New Cinemas Journal of Contemporary Film , 5 (1) pp. 3-21. 10.1386/ncin.5.1.3_1.

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Abstract

This article centres on the cloned bodies of Hari in Coляpuc/Solaris (Tarkovsky 1972) and Elena in It's All about Love (Vinterberg 2003), exploring how the films negotiate what it means to be human and post-human. It draws on recent work in human geography, which calls for an ethics of relationality that thinks through the body and extends the social beyond the human, and on post-humanist critical theory, which offers insights into the allegedly techno-organic hybrid nature of the contemporary human condition and the dispersal of subjectivity and memory into technologies of information. Both films emphazise the intercorporeal connectedness of the human with organic life and technology, and approach the problem of unknowability and unrepresentability in human art of non-human forms of life. They do this by alluding to the representational inadequacy and illusionary quality of film, and by gesturing to the communicative power of affective perception and sense memory.

Type:Article
Title:It's all about snow: Limning the post-human body in Coляpuc/Solaris (Tarkovsky, 1972) and It's All about Love (Vinterberg, 2003)
DOI:10.1386/ncin.5.1.3_1
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ncin.5.1.3_1
Language:English
Keywords:Body, cyborg, ecology, post-human, Tarkovsky, Andrey, Vinterberg, Thomas
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of EU Langs, Culture and Society > Scandinavian Studies

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