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12 May 2014
Mondays 7-9pm - with a break on 26 May due to Spring Bank Holiday

PROJECTIONS: Persona Obscura

The Divided Self In Cinema - Six week evening course

How do you define yourself? Is it possible to accurately determine the parameters of your identity? How do you know that you are not someone else? These questions are as old as the discipline of philosophy and denote a fascination with perplexing, unanswerable riddles. Whilst it may never be possible to unequivocally resolve the mystery of identity, the fields of cinema and psychoanalysis engage with the notion of the 'divided self' in ways that are unorthodox, playful, instinctual and meaningful.

PROJECTIONS Persona Obscura is a 6-week course looking at cinematic representations of the doppelgänger, imaginary personas and replicated selves, with reference to psychoanalytic concepts such as Sigmund Freud's 'Uncanny', Carl Jung's 'Shadow' and Otto Rank's 'Double'.

The following topics and films will be explored in the course (only short clips from films will be screened, advance viewing would be advantageous):

Week 1: THE DIVIDED SELF IN CINEMA - ICONIC MOMENTS Deconstructing Harry, Vertigo, Mulholland Drive, Persona, Cinderella, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Dark Mirror, Dead Ringers, The Double Life of Veronique, The Broken, Another Earth, Moon

Week 3: METHOD ACTING, ROCK N ROLL PERSONAS, CELEBRITY IMPERSONATORS Opening Night, I'm Still Here, Velvet Goldmine, I'm Not There, Mister Lonely, Confessions Of A Superhero

Week 4: TECHNOLOGICALLY REPLICATED SELVES, SURVEILLANCE/SPYING Zelig, Simone, Life 2.0, Catfish, The Conversation, The Lives Of Others

Week 5: CAPITALISM, THE MASS-PRODUCED SELF Multiplicity, The Machinist, The Invasion, Stepford Wives, American Psycho, Looker

Week 6: EXTREME BODY MODIFICATION, TRANSGENDER IDENTITY American Mary, Antiviral, The Skin I Live In, Boys Don't Cry, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation. PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in psychoanalytic theory is not necessary - the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.

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