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Course Site for Future Cinema 1 (and sometimes Future Cinema 2: Applied Theory) at York University, Canada

New Narrative Flow

Botler’s evaluation of developments in narrative forms is interesting- but I believe it is also generative to recall Barthes’ The Structuralist Activity to understand how myths are repurposed and narratives conveyed. In games such as Doom, interactivity is promoted and events adhere to a kind of flow that the user participates in. However, Doom and [...]

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Wed, February 5 2014 » FC2_2014 » 3 Comments

Flow – a steady continuous stream of something…

Thoughts on “The Aesthetics of Flow and the Aesthetics of Catharsis”
“What Csikszentmihalyi describes is not a new phenomenon. Flow can be evoked by activities that are common to many ages and cultures, and the flow state has something in common with states induced by forms of meditation or religious experience. But it does seem that [...]

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Mon, February 3 2014 » FC2_2014 » 1 Comment

Reflection on The aesthetics of flow and the aesthetics of catharsis

The thesis that today´s Media culture is a result of the tension between the aesthetics of catharsis and flow proposed by Jay D. Bolter initially makes sense to me, as I observe the effects of these two aesthetics in the users of Media, the deep involvement, the need of being connected and exposed to its [...]

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Sun, January 20 2013 » futurecinema2_2012 » No Comments

Flow or Compulsion

It was 4 o’clock on Saturday afternoon when I first decided to upload my notes to the Future Cinema blog, but then well… I had to check my emails first. So, I went to my hotmail account and did so. When I logged out, I saw this news about an amateur prospector who found his [...]

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Sun, January 20 2013 » futurecinema2_2012 » 2 Comments

some thoughts on catharsis and flow

Catharsis is the name given to the emotional release experienced by the spectator on experiencing identification with the travails of a literary or cinematic character. For Freud it was the release experienced upon transference and this is where the analysand gains the perspective of the therapist and thus is released from the constraints of the [...]

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Sat, January 19 2013 » futurecinema2_2012 » 1 Comment

Remediation and the aesthetics of catharsis and flow

In thinking about the relation between catharsis and flow, film and digital media; Bolter’s notable theory of remediation and its concomitant twin logics of immediacy and hypermediacy can be useful in furthering our discussion. Jay Bolter and Richard Grusin illustrate in their book Remediation: Understanding New Media, the ways in which old and new media [...]

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Fri, January 18 2013 » futurecinema2_2012 » No Comments