Brown, William and David H. Fleming
A philosophical study of cephalopods in cinema and contemporary media
- Offers up a ‘posthuman’ understanding of film and media, charting the historical relationships between cephalopods and cinema, especially in the digital age
- Draws on work by authors such as Vilém Flusser, Donna J. Haraway, Graham Harman and Eugene Thacker
- Engages with contemporary discourses of speculative realism, object-oriented ontology, animal studies and the weird in order to chart the relationship between cinema and cephalopods
- Takes in examples from Europe, North America, South America and Asia, across a range of media, including cinema, literature, music videos, 4DX, advertising, websites, YouTube videos, artificial intelligence, VR and more
Here be Kraken! The Squid Cinema From Hell draws upon writers like Vilém Flusser, Donna J. Haraway, Graham Harman and Eugene Thacker to offer up a critical analysis of cephalopods and other tentacular creatures in contemporary media, while also speculating that digital media might themselves constitute a weird, intelligent alien. If this were not enough to shiver ye timbers, the book engages with contemporary discourses of posthumanism, speculative realism, object-oriented ontology and animal studies to suggest that humans are the products of media rather than media being the products of humans.
Brown, William and David H. Fleming. The Squid Cinema From Hell:
Kinoteuthis Infernalis and the Emergence of Chthulumedia. Edinburgh University Press, 2020.