Cyborgs, Screens and Psychoanalysis

Duration: 120 min

Six Weeks on Thursdays from the 18th April
The course will take place in the Education Room at The Hackney Picturehouse
Lecturer: Dr Monika Loewy

Technology has been changing rapidly to reform our social, professional, and emotional lives. By watching films alongside learning about theories (predominantly psychoanalytic), this course will trace the ways in which the technological revolution has been captured on film, and discuss its psychological representations and affects. We will consider ideas put forth by thinkers such as Slavoj Žižek, Sherry Turkle, Alfie Bown, Jacques Lacan and more, to explore the themes of: gaming (through films such as Ready Player One and ExistenZ), social media (Eighth Grade and Her), cyborgs (Ghost in the Shell and Ex Machina), body modification (Skin I Live in and Dead Ringers), aliens (Alien and Arrival) and dystopia (Blade Runner and Take Shelter). Using psychoanalysis to discuss these themes we ask questions about how film informs and captures our relation to technology; where, we ask, does the screen end and reality begin?

Week 1: Aliens:

Alien (1979) and Arrival (2016)

Week 2: Cyborgs:

Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Ex Machina (2014)

Week 3: Body Modification

Skin I Live In (2011) and Dead Ringers (1988)

Week 4: Gaming

Ready Player One (2018) and eXistenZ (1999)

Week 5: Social Media:

Eighth Grade (2018) and Her (2013)

Week 6: Dystopia

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and Take Shelter (2011)

Tickets are £70 for the full six week course (£65 concession / £60 Picturehouse Members).

Club and Group screenings

Thu 18th Apr 19.00 Film Course.

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