jeudi 3 décembre 2009

# HETEROTOPIAS IN CINEMA /// Avalon by Mamoru Oshii

Avalon is a movie by Mamoru Oshii created in 2001, just before Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. This film dramatizes a uchronian dowdy world -we can recognize Eastern Europe- in which some people make a living by plugging themselves on a virtual reality and fighting as free-lance or team soldiers against each other.
This whole virtual world -the movie is actually tackling the even notion of reality- can be considered as an heterotopia for its entrance/exit protocols (see picture below), and the juxtaposition of several worlds. Although some territories are even more increasing this notion of "other space". Ruins and abandoned factories are often hosting the scenery of this movie from which an atmosphere of strangeness is created.