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The annual conference of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) welcomes you to the Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, June 11th – 14th, 2017

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Monday, June 12 • 11:30 - 12:00
SP Miklos Kiss and Steven Willemsen. Impossible Puzzle Films: ambiguous framings and framing ambiguities in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive

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This presentation is a case study driven extension of our book Impossible Puzzle Films: A Cognitive Approach to Contemporary Complex Cinema (Edinburgh UP 2017). 

In the book, we conceptualized the cognitive effects and interpretive responses that characterize the viewing experiences of confusingly complex narrative puzzles. 

In this talk, we test our theoretical ideas by looking at the case of David Lynch’s 2001 Mulholland Drive. Reviewing responses to the film’s narrative complexity, our hypothesis is that part of Mulholland Drive’s persistent appeal arises from a possible cognitive oscillation that the film allows between profoundly differing, but potentially equally valid interpretive ‘framings’.

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Steven Willemsen

PhD candidate, University of Groningen
Steven Willemsen is a PhD Candidate and Junior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies. His research interests lie in film theory, narratology, and cognitive approaches to the Arts and Humanities. He is currently working on a doctoral thesis examining experiences of narrative complexity... Read More →

Monday June 12, 2017 11:30 - 12:00 EEST
A-301 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki