Title: Towards an Integral Cinema: The Application of Integral Theory to Cinematic Media Theory and Practice
2010 Integral Theory Conference
Paper and Presentation
July 30, 2010
Presented By Mark Allan Kaplan, Ph.D.
ABSTRACT: This presentation will provide an introduction to the application of Integral Theory to cinematic media theory and practice. An integral historical and theoretical analysis of Germaine Dulac’s “integral cinema movement” of the 1920s will be presented, suggesting an early introduction of integral consciousness into cinematic media that corresponds to and predates both Jean Gebser’s and Ken Wilber’s Integral Theories. The application of Integral Theory to cinematic media will be set within the context of the integral movement, and defining characteristics and evaluation criteria of what may constitute an integral cinematic work will be introduced using the theories and works of Dulac, Gebser, and Wilber. A summary of the testing of these evaluation criteria with the viewing of several motion pictures will be presented, suggesting that several past and recent films demonstrate qualities that could be said to constitute an integral cinematic work. An integral analysis of the cinematic creation process and the nature of the cinematic medium will be presented, along with a preliminary typology of forms of Integral Cinematic Creation. The potential benefits and challenges for the application of integral consciousness and Integral Theory to cinematic theory and practice will be discussed, and an integral analysis of the current state of cinematic media will be presented, suggesting that Integral Theory is the natural application for this moment in the evolution of the cinema.