Avatar’s Living Network
National University of Ireland, Galway
(at time of presentation)
I am currently undertaking a structured 4 year research PhD in the areas of film studies and philosophy (relating to the philosophy of presence). I intend to focus on the Occupy Wall Street movement and James Cameron’s Avatar as cultural phenomena relating to the emergence of a meaning that is primarily rooted in presence. Having completed my Masters on a similar topic, I wish to expand it and make it a novel approach to both fields of study. I have given a number of papers based in this area and feel that this conference is another invaluable addition.
The aim of this paper is to look at James Cameron’s Avatar as an example of a network of presence-objects. Avatar highlights a new space involving text and audience as equal parts of the same object unfolding simultaneously. Avatar is highly coded with elements of network living: the Na’vi people physically connect to their surroundings, not to use them, but to be them; to become equal parts of the overall operations of the object system. The text, due to the motion capture and 3D technologies, becomes a network in which the viewer is enmeshed (relating to the use of 3D glasses). I want to look at how this form of objet-network offers up an equality of viewing between subject/object/text/technology and how a meaning based in the presence of the network offers up a new mode of physical understanding.