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Monday, June 12 • 09:30 - 10:30
LP Francesco Sticchi: Inside the 'mind' of Llewyn Davis: Embodying a Melancholic Vision of the World

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With this presentation I aim to analyze Inside Llewyn Davis within what I call an experientialist theory of cinema, which examines the affective and conceptual elements of film experience by employing Baruch Spinoza's psychological model of intensities and potentialities. More specifically, this essay examines a particular type of film experience, one based on sad passions. The experientialist model I am proposing identifies film experience as an embodied phenomenon based on the association between sensations and concepts, which avoids the standard distinction between emotion and reason. Affections and abstractions become part of the same integrated cognitive process, which makes us "physically sense" ideas. This associative mechanism is largely based on visual metaphors, which spatially describe complex concepts and even philosophical and behavioural models. In Inside Llewyn Davis viewers experience a particular spatio-temporal structure (chronotope), which describes circular patterns and the hero's constant failure to achieve goals. Film experience is, therefore, conceived as a synesthetic process that combines narrative and intellectual structures with emotional reactions, in order to facilitate empathic involvement with the characters, especially those inflicted with sad passions and negative emotions. Furthermore, because of the dynamic nature of film experience, viewers can use creatively the problematic potential of sad passions.

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Francesco Sticchi

PhD -Assistant Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University
I just completed my PhD at Oxford Brookes University, working under the supervision of prof. Warren Buckland. My research concerns the study of sad passions in audiovisual experience, and the connection between Spinoza’s thought and different embodied cognitive theories. I am also... Read More →

Monday June 12, 2017 09:30 - 10:30 EEST
A-301 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki