Enactive Cinema: Simulatorium Eisensteinense by Pia Tikka

By Pia Tikka

Enactive Cinema explores the psychophysiological grounds from which the adventure of cinema emerges. It follows the lines left via Sergei M. Eisenstein, the Russian filmmaker and researcher of the pre-digital age, whose visions on organic-dynamic pondering hold implications for brand spanking new types of interactive cinema even this present day. The booklet discusses specifically, what results the discoveries of the twenty first century neurosciences have for cinema. It paves a neurophysiological reason behind authoring cinema as a socio- emotional simulation procedure of the opposite. the idea that of enactive cinema consists of an interactive cinematic montage procedure within which the narrative circulate follows the subconscious enactment of the spectator. it may be noticeable as a dynamical abstraction of the mirroring procedure. The enactive cinema undertaking Obsession (2005) demonstrates one of these approach in perform. Enactive Cinema implies reconsidering the function of the writer. With the concept of second-order authorship, the point of interest is shifted from the traditional notion of particular linear regulate over the cinematic narrative to designing the cinematic artifact as a posh dynamical method that could have emergent habit.

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Eisenstein’s political situation became so explosive that his long-time friend and collaborator Isaak Babel advised Eisenstein to move away from Moscow for a time (Bulgakowa 1998). The same year Eisenstein was dismissed from his position as a VGIK teacher. Eisenstein’s public appearances and related aspects thus ought to be contextualized against this survival game occurring nationwide. Terror amongst the intellectuals, artists, and scientists but also amongst governmental bureaucrats had gradually increased (witness the liquidations of Meyerhold, Babel, Tretyakov, and many others).

This meant a “closer relationship between the human body and the physical world”, in terms of a web-like spatial distribution of work and wellbeing across the country (Ibid. 56). The interpretations of Hegelian organic-dynamical systemicity, Marxist historical materialism, the positivism of the Vienna Circuit, and the Western dreams of industrialization, economic growth, and social wellbeing seemed to converge with the images of the Ford factory assembly lines and the Taylorian man as working machine.

Any continuous process can be broken down into a chain of crises. Crisis is a universal characteristic, whereas equilibrium is just a specific example of a crisis” (Ibid. 72). Some correlations or similarities between Eisenstein’s systemicity and that of Bogdanov can be found. Tektological concepts such as conjunction, ingression, linkage, disingression, boundary, and connecting crises and separating crises (Bogdanov 1980, 74) resemble a typically Eisensteinian kind of terminology. Eisenstein’s complex dynamics of the opposing forces within a unified whole appear very similar to that presented in Bogdanov’s ‘general science of organization’.

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