Meta Morphing

Meta Morphing

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Two thousand years ago, Ovid asked his readers to imagine metamorphoses in which men and women became flowers and beasts. Today, before our cinema-savvy eyes, people melt and re-form as altogether new creatures: they qmorph.q This volume explores what digital morphing means -- both as a cultural practice specific to our times and as a link to a much broader history of images of human transformation. Meta-Morphing ranges over topics that include turn-of-the-century qquick-changeq artists, Mesoamerican shamanic transformation, and cosmetic surgery; recent works such as Terminator 2, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Heavenly Creatures, and Forrest Gump; and the transformations imagined by Kafka, Proust, and Burroughs. The contributors look not only at the technical wizardry behind digital morphing, but also at the history and cultural concerns it expresses.His essay focuses on historical variations of the visualization of the aquot;tesseract, aquot; a term used generally to describe a ... morphing and the figuration of the fourth dimension in quite different but related ways: Terminator 2 and Heavenly Creatures.

Title:Meta Morphing
Author:Vivian Carol Sobchack
Publisher:U of Minnesota Press - 2000


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