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Integral Cinematic Analysis: Mapping the Multiple Dimensions of the Cinema and the Co-Evolution of Cinema, Consciousness, Culture, and Society
By Mark Allan Kaplan, Ph.D.
Integral Theory Conference 2013
Winner of the Complex Thought Engagement Award
ABSTRACT: This article provides an introduction to the application of integral and transdisciplinary approaches to cinematic media theoretical analysis, using the theories and works of Jean Gebser, Edgar Morin, and Ken Wilber to potentially integrate the major cinematic theoretical and analytical approaches into a comprehensive meta-approach covering the objective, subjective, intersubjective, and interobjective dimensions of the cinematic arts. Specific integrally informed lenses of cinematic analysis are also introduced as part of this meta-approach, based on Geber’s perspectival structures, Morin’s cinematic complexity, and Wilber’s Integral framework. Potential benefits for this meta-approach are presented, including a deeper and more expansive understanding of the complex interrelatedness of the experience, form, language, and context of cinematic works, collective works of individual cinematic artists, genres and styles, collective movements within the medium, along with the evolution of the cinematic medium itself and its relationship with the evolution of individual and collective consciousness, culture, and society.
Published as a journal article in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 2013, Volume 8, Number 3&4, Pages 255-276.
Available at: https://foundation.metaintegral.org/products/integral-cinematic-analysis