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CATOPTICON TRAJECTORIES IN CYBERPUNK ANIMATED CINEMA CASE STUDY: ANIME FILM ?SERIAL EXPERIMENTS LAIN?

Abstract

Author(s): Yasemin KILINÇARSLAN

Today, the fastest growing type of cinematic genres and the most important one is animated cinema. Animation cinema in itself is also divided into sub-branches, and these branches are plagued with different wording on the basis of formal properties. Which is a sub-genre of animation anime films are based in Japan and are in close relation with the type of comics. On the one hand, these films are produced in the format of popular culture products on the other hand they reveal the social, political, economic, dynamics in a critical perspective. The serial “Lain” itself can be anaylsed on the line of avant-philosophical perspective as an experimental animated cinema example. “Lain” is a kind of postmodern cyberpunk animation in which the real world-virtual world, network ID, a global communication network and -without any device- to be connected to the network society can be seen. This study aims to reveal the new metaphors of digital society and digital culture in a cinematic narration through anlaysing the serial of “Lain”. The study will discuss the transformation of collective subconsciousness to digital consciousness, the power realationships in information technology on the base of infowar, the creation process of infosphere through modern technology and the panoptican observation which leaves it’s place to catopticon observation with the new references of perception level of time and space. On the one hand the study explains the digital culture elements which are created by modern IT as a digital design concept of Steve Man’s sous-veillance, and on the other hand it emphasises the kuantum consciousness and digital-spritual existance in network society through the concept of equiveillance in the serial of “Lain”. The methodology of the study will be dramaturgical film analysis.

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