Daily, we enter and exit several digital realms which dramatically overlap with our physical reality. Our identity is scattered in a multitude of customized characters, explicitly created to represent the fragments of our personality. However, up to what extent are we aware of all this? By applying Torquato Tasso’s notion of ‘marvelous’ as a revelatory element, that is, «a process that provides access to a hidden dimension beyond reality» (Ardissino, 2019), this essay aims at analyzing Monomyth: gaiden (2018-2020), a four parts animated series by Petra Széman, a Hungarian moving image artist. Széman uses the hero’s journey trope and the principles of the gaiden, a nonlinear narrative used in manga and anime, to investigate the discrepancies occurring at the spectator-screen nexus «when journeying through an elusive multiplanar reality» (Szemán, 2018). Traveling between the fictional and the real world, Széman creates a digital èpos which investigates «how the encounter between the human perceptual system and its media environment» (Levitt, 2018) interacts in an interwoven network of virtual realms and non-localized identities.

Experiencing Life as Cinematic Fiction: The Marvelous within the Daily Media Landscape, 2021-07-20.

Experiencing Life as Cinematic Fiction: The Marvelous within the Daily Media Landscape

Fantacci, Gemma
2021-07-20

Abstract

Daily, we enter and exit several digital realms which dramatically overlap with our physical reality. Our identity is scattered in a multitude of customized characters, explicitly created to represent the fragments of our personality. However, up to what extent are we aware of all this? By applying Torquato Tasso’s notion of ‘marvelous’ as a revelatory element, that is, «a process that provides access to a hidden dimension beyond reality» (Ardissino, 2019), this essay aims at analyzing Monomyth: gaiden (2018-2020), a four parts animated series by Petra Széman, a Hungarian moving image artist. Széman uses the hero’s journey trope and the principles of the gaiden, a nonlinear narrative used in manga and anime, to investigate the discrepancies occurring at the spectator-screen nexus «when journeying through an elusive multiplanar reality» (Szemán, 2018). Traveling between the fictional and the real world, Széman creates a digital èpos which investigates «how the encounter between the human perceptual system and its media environment» (Levitt, 2018) interacts in an interwoven network of virtual realms and non-localized identities.
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https://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/aoqu/article/view/16048
Milano: Università degli Studi di Milano Dipartimento di Studiletterari filologici e linguistici
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