La solitudine del corpo. Il terrore dell'incomunicabilità nell'immaginario audiovisivo di genere = The solitude of the body. The terror of incommunicability in the audiovisual genre imaginary


The solitude of the body. The terror of incommunicability in the audiovisual genre imaginary. Starting from a definition of sci-fi imaginary as a space where it is possible to "reinvent reality as fiction" (Baudrillard 1980), the posthuman metaphors (Braidotti 2014) highlighted by recent sci-fi works turn into privileged witnesses of the contemporary rewriting process of the human body, a process which also involves its communication capabilities. In particular, this paper aims to underline, through a joint analysis of three films which are alike in the same narrative genre as in a particularly innovative way of representing the relational dimension of human body, the main role played by the fear of the incommunicability in the postmodernity context, where the meeting point between sci-fi imaginary and social conflict narratives has been confirmed further. The image of a human body affected by the fear of losing its medium vocation comes out from the lonely clone of Moon (Duncan Jones, 2009), from the progressive annihilation of the five senses narrated by Perfect Sense (David Mackenzie, 2011), and from the romance between a young man and an A.I. which leads Her (Spike Jonze, 2013). Its narrative and symbolic isolation definitively mirrors the human sense of disorientation towards his new posthuman dimension.

DOI Code: 10.1285/i22840753n12p81

Keywords: Media; Cinema; Sci-Fi; Fear; Body; Posthuman; Communication

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