Jun 072006

Sexual Robots and Plastic Humans in Anime © Philip Brophy 2006.

As a prelude to a series of podcasts on the business, production and sociology of games, virtual shared worlds and MMORPGs

Presented by LAMP on behalf of AFTRS Centre for Screen Studies and Research.

Recorded live at AFTRS Main Theatre 2 June 2006 Click to listen

It is in bodily representation that anime heavily subscribes to a thesis of ‘post-humanism’ * the re-imaging, reinventing and reconfiguring of all we assume humanity and humanism to signify. The body in anime is aggregatively sculpted to create a contra-photographic, mega-ornamental, hyper-extended figure. Clean of any collaging of classical and archaic parts, the anime body is a new species, holistic in form and genetically manipulated according to anime*s encompassing of the history of human form as perceived within Japan.

Anime’s reliance on mannequinned form and its animation of multifarious guises, masks and faces presents the human as skeletal architecture, plasticized flesh and neural matrixes. Sublime in its post-humanism, anime tells the story of a human who dreamt of being a robot * and whose dream one day came true.

Sexual Robots

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PHILIP BROPHY – Filmmaker, sound designer, curator and academic

Philip’s Full CV

Philip Brophy is a filmmaker, sound designer, curator, and academic. His films include the experimental short feature Salt, Saliva, Sperm & Sweat in 1988 and feature film Body Melt in 1993. He designed the sound for the feature Mallboy as well as numerous shorts. Having created the Soundtrack stream in Media Arts at RMIT, Melbourne, he continues to lecture and present on film sound and music internationally. Brophy specializes in three distinct areas: (i) horror, sex & exploitation; (ii) film sound & music; and (iii) Japanese animation. He is widely published in all three areas internationally, and has curated numerous programmes for the Melbourne International Film Festival. He has written several books including 100 Modern Soundtracks for the British Film Institute, London. His most recent book is 100 Anime also for the BFI.

AFTRS 6 June 2006

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