Vertigo, Nausea, Menace and Grace
(Preconstituted Panel: Anime Experiences)
Abstract: This paper will build on the work of Thomas Lamarre, Philip Brophy, William Moritz, Rick Thompson and Esther Leslie to furnish a means to approach the sensibly insensible. The paper will use four extremes as points of reference — vertigo, nausea, menace and grace — each coupled with a specific five-second sequence from anime productions (Initial D, FLCL, Fist of the North Star, Revolutionary Girl Utena). By delving into close study in this way, this presentation aims to scratch the surface of extreme physical sensations in animation (and specifically, anime) forms.
Biographical Statement: Christian McCrea is a writer and Lecturer in Games and Interactivity at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. His work peers over the fences of digital culture’s sensory dimension, and his 2008 article in Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal concentrated on the radical experience of animated bodily excesses. Also, he has recently written on digital hauntology, dandy game heroes, the spectatorship of strategy and the aesthetic of bursting bodies in both games and anime.