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Deleuze, Altered States and Film$
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Anna Powell

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632824

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632824.001.0001

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Altered Body Maps and the Cinematic Sensorium

Altered Body Maps and the Cinematic Sensorium

(p.97) Chapter 3 Altered Body Maps and the Cinematic Sensorium
Deleuze, Altered States and Film

Anna Powell

Edinburgh University Press

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

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