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Encounters of nothingness: Dilemmas of the uncanny self
O'Sullivan, Stephen R.
This film explores the existential confrontation brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. It preserves a phenomenological account of “experiencing the experience” of the Covid-19 pandemic. The film documents the “depresentation” process, the encounters of nothingness, and dilemmas of self central to lockdown. Void of social resources, lockdown was uncanny, an eerie blend of the familiar and unfamiliar, which caused novel societal-wide malaise. The chapter expands on themes in the film, it exposes additional conceptualisations, discusses the dimensions of malaise (dearth futurism, potentialities, imposing irreality, other-less-ness, and consumerism claustrum) and offers the illustrated model “won from the void” depicting identity transition during the Covid-19 pandemic.
IndieCork Film Festival 2020 , Covid-19 , Cultural memory , Malaise , Pandemic , Encounters of nothingness: Dilemmas of the uncanny self
O'Sullivan, S. R. (2022) 'Encounters of nothingness: Dilemmas of the uncanny self', in Seregina, U. and Van den Bossche, A. (eds.) Art-Based Research in the Context of a Global Pandemic. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 116-132. doi: 10.4324/9781003170518-9
© 2022, the Authors. All rights reserved. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Seregina, U. and Van den Bossche, A. (eds.) Art-Based Research in the Context of a Global Pandemic, available online: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003170518-9