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Articles from 17(1)/2017

Contemporary Representations of Artificial Intelligence in Science Fiction Films, Visual Arts and Literature. A Short Introduction

Andrei SIMUŢ


The article is a short introduction in the problems of science fiction genre, posthumanism and a short presentation of the articles of the present volume.

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Keywords: science fiction, cyborg film, posthumanism

The Ghost in the Cinema Machine

Doru POP


The main purpose of this paper is to overview the differences between various embodied experiences we, as users, can have when interacting with contemporary visual media. By using the concept of modes of imagination, the author is approaching the problem of media specificity from another perspectiv... Read More

Keywords: cinema, anime, Ghost in the Shell, media specificity, mode and modality, immersion

Body Upload 2.0: Downloadable Cosmetic [Re]Birth



Hans Moravec’s Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind remarkably blueprints a future where rapid technological feats will grant humans the ability to upload/ download their consciousness into computer software and/or computer chips, preserving their lifelong memories and identities. This bl... Read More

Keywords: bodies, cosmetic procedures, downloading, information, new technologies, reproduction, science fiction narratives, technical objects, upgrades/updates

Dolls, Offsprings, and Automata. Analyzing the Posthuman Experience in Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Luiza-Maria FILIMON


More than a quarter of a century after its premiere, Mamoru Oshii’s movie Ghost in the Shell (1995) based on Masamune Shirow’s eponymous manga, remains a classic of the science-fiction and (post)cyberpunk genres. With its metaphysical explorations of what it means to be a human once mos... Read More

Keywords: anime, ghosts, cyborg, Das Unheimliche, Hadaly, Mamoru Oshii, Masamune Shirow, ningyō

Ex-Machina and the Feminine Body through Human and Posthuman Dystopia

Elisabetta Di MINICO


Ex-Machina is a 2015 sci-fi thriller, written and directed by Alex Garland, and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander. Critically acclaimed, the movie explores the relations between human and posthuman, as well as the relations between men and women. The article analyzes four m... Read More

Keywords: Human and Posthuman, Gender Issues, Dystopia

“You bet she can fuck” – Trends in Female AI Narratives within Mainstream Cinema: Ex Machina and Her

Sennah YEE


In today’s digital age, we are becoming more like machines and machines are becoming more like us. Donna Haraway’s seminal essay, “A Cyborg Manifesto,” proposes the cyborg as a transgressive figure capable of subverting oppressive power structures. While there is no denying this powe... Read More

Keywords: AI, cyborg(s), cyberfeminism, feminism, Ex Machina (2015), Her (2013), Donna Haraway, gender, robot(s)

Science fiction films as gedanken experiments

Mircea Valeriu DEACA


The paper investigates some features of the science fiction film genre, as seen from a cognitive perspective. Starting from the theoretical framework of Lawrence Barsalou, we consider the concept of SF film to be a radial category that encompasses a wide array of particular instantiations clustered around s... Read More

Keywords: cognition, film analysis, science fiction, situated conceptualization, descriptive system, genre

The Role of Technology in Survival Movies



This article describes the relationship that people have with technology in movies belonging to survival genre. The first part is theoretical, and it presents some religious, cultural and philosophical approaches to this topic (as stated by Dumitru Stăniloae, Martin Heidegger, Herbert Marcuse, Kim J. Vicen... Read More

Keywords: technology, survival movie, human-tech, dystopia

Monographist! Monographist!

Iulia MICU


Review of: Monica Filimon, Cristi Puiu, Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2017.

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Keywords: review, Monica Filimon, Cristi Puiu, University of Illinois Press

The Kitchen as Cinematic Topoi

Ioan-Pavel AZAP


Review of: Mircea Valeriu Deaca. O bucătărie ca-n filme. Scenotopul bucătăriei în Noul Cinema Românesc (A movie-like kitchen. The scenotope of the kitchen in the New Romanian Cinema), Cluj-Napoca: Mega, 2017.

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Keywords: review, Mircea Valeriu Deaca, O bucătărie ca-n filme. Scenotopul bucătăriei în Noul Cinema Românesc, A movie-like kitchen. The scenotope of the kitchen in the New Romanian Cinema