Jean Michel Crettaz introduces media theorist Eugene Thacker. Thacker begins by asking the question, “What is life?” Thacker formulates different questions addressing the thinking life, ontology, imminence, contradiction and living. He recites Dante’s description of the second circle of hell (the punishment of lust) from the Inferno. He shows depictions by artists of demons and angels from the Inferno and the Paradiso, comparing them to swarm structures. Thacker stresses the Aristotelean framework of these structures. Thacker concludes by characterizing the genre of supernatural horror as the “entelechy” of the weird, using Aristotle’s term for that which realizes or makes actual what is otherwise merely potential.
Video Archive | Divine Comedy (3)
Alan Dressler talks about the Big Bang. The panel discusses the expansion, shape, and age of the universe. Dressler comments on the psychology of understanding the universe. Aino Paasonen discusses Dante’s concept of the cosmos.
Aino Paasonen shows slides illustrating Dante’s vision of heaven, hell, and earth accompanied by music. Paasonen discusses Dante’s ideas about the past and the future. The panel discusses how creation is viewed in other cultures.