Today is our last lesson of CTS2 Moving Images. This lecture is about Cinema as mind, brain and body. The cinema is a reality and a way of thinking, like material and immaterial, thinking and unthinking, real and unreal, actual and virtual. We can use cinema to understand the world we live in and how this understanding comes about. Cinema function as an extension, analogy or substitute of the mind.
Cinema as an extension, analogy or substitute of the mind
- Cinema can be used a perceptual and cognitive prosthetic. Brain and cinema work together to extend our knowledge of the world. Kuleshov effect or Eisenstein’s intellectual montage.
- The way cinema works is like the way the mind works. Cinema as a “technical simulation of the unconscious” (Munsterberg, 1916)
- Consciousness and cinema are both virtual and self-reflexive. Some images make the spectator aware of the act of perceiving images, growing conscious of the processes of consciousness itself. Some new wave films, mind-game films and post-mortem cinema.
- Cinema substitutes mental images for images that are neither virtual nor imaginary, neither visual nor haptic: films which seem to take place in a coherent spatial continuum, but whose human interactions, temporal markers and camera movements designate a “world" that is not “realistic" either in terms of place or character psychology.
Cinema as mind, brain and body could be mean films created to engage audiences when he is watching the film, but also to keep them thinking after watching it, as there are still pieces of the puzzle to be put back together. Also, we need to know our brain is the screen.