Cinema, Trance and Cybernetics

Ute Holl

Cinema, Trance and Cybernetics

Ute Holl

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

352 pages | 8 haltones | 6 x 9
Cloth $124.00 ISBN: 9789089646682 Published June 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
We’ve all had the experience of watching a film and feeling like we’ve been in a trance. This book takes that experience seriously, explaining cinema as a cultural technique of trance, one that unconsciously transforms our perceptions. Ute Holl moves from anthropological and experimental cinema through nineteenth-century psychological laboratories, which she shows developed techniques of testing, measuring, and classifying the mind that can be seen as a prehistory of cinema, one that allows us to see the links among cinema, anthropology, psychology, and cybernetics.
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