lanthimos and language [4/4]

‘An Otherworldly Presence’ Lanthimos’ 2017 film The Killing of a Sacred Deer focuses on the Murphy family, whose ruling patriarch Stephen, a successful surgeon, has constructed a Symbolic discourse designed to limit flows of desire and thus maintain his Oedipal matrix. Where the Father in Dogtooth uses a phobic-phallic logic, Stephen uses the language ofContinue reading “lanthimos and language [4/4]”

lanthimos and language [3/4]

‘There Should Be Nothing’ Dogtooth depicts how patriarchs in neoliberal oedipal matrices deploy language according to a phobic-phallic logic, wherein all that exists Outside of the domestic sphere is transformed into an object of anxiety, an unimaginable Real that threatens subjects’ Symbolic existence; by simultaneously controlling the internal borders of the family through language, andContinue reading “lanthimos and language [3/4]”

lanthimos and language [2/4]

‘The Limits of My World’ Dogtooth is laden with bright, wide-angle shots of the family estate – a large villa, complete with sprawling gardens and private swimming pool – an image ‘as cosy and inviting as in the most mainstream visual representations of the “ideal home”’.[1] In reality, as Anjana Janardhan astutely suggests, the family’sContinue reading “lanthimos and language [2/4]”

lanthimos and language [1/4]

Civilisation has to protect itself against the spectre of a world which could be free. Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilisation ‘A Good Little Dad, a Good Little Mum, a Good Little Son’ Yorgos Lanthimos came to prominence when his 2009 film Dogtooth won the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes and was nominated for Best ForeignContinue reading “lanthimos and language [1/4]”

haunted ecologies: the island of doctor moreau and neuromancer

In ‘The Climate of History: Four Theses’, Dipesh Chakrabarty’s penultimate thesis reads thus: ‘The Geological Hypothesis Regarding the Anthropocene Requires Us to Put Global Histories of Capital in Conversation with the Species History of Humans’. He argues ‘the crisis of climate change’ demands we ‘mix together the immiscible chronologies of capital and species history’, acknowledgingContinue reading “haunted ecologies: the island of doctor moreau and neuromancer”

time out of joint: the covid-19 lockdown and j.g.ballard

Although Frieda Beckman’s 2013 article ‘Chronopolitics’ rightly identifies that J. G. Ballard repeatedly ‘releases time from the idea of a universally recognizable entity’, instead letting it reflect ‘a set of spaces […] which are ultimately dependent on politics’, and describes ‘the difficulties […] of locating agency in sptaio-temporal coordinates’ of contemporary capitalist structures, Friedman ultimatelyContinue reading “time out of joint: the covid-19 lockdown and j.g.ballard”

organic/inorganic: a position paper

In his article ‘The Climate of History: Four Theses’, Dipesh Chakrabarty states his third thesis as follows: ‘The Geological Hypothesis Regarding the Anthropocene Requires Us to Put Global Histories of Capital in Conversation with the Species History of Humans’. He follows this by arguing that though ‘it seems true that the crisis of climate changeContinue reading “organic/inorganic: a position paper”

jungle and black humanism

Although Chris Christodoulou’s article ‘Darkcore: Dub’s Dark Legacy in Drum ‘n’ Bass Culture’ correctly identifies a pervasive presence of posthuman iconography in early drum and bass / jungle music, I believe his final conclusions are conspicuously lacking in a meaningful analysis of race in relation to the posthuman and, as a result, miss an importantContinue reading “jungle and black humanism”

grandnarrative + bodily collapse in dambudzo marechera

Jean-Francois Lyotard states in his seminal book The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge that, ‘simplifying to the extreme, I define postmodern as an incredulity towards metanarratives’. He specifies that ‘whether it is a speculative narrative or a narrative of emancipation’, all have ‘lost their credibility’, and consequently ‘the social subject itself seems to dissolve’.Continue reading “grandnarrative + bodily collapse in dambudzo marechera”