Love, death and flesh: Ontological antinomies in Tuskamoto Shinya's Vital (2004)
Tuck, G. (2009) Love, death and flesh: Ontological antinomies in Tuskamoto Shinya's Vital (2004). In: 2nd Film Philosophy Conference, University of Dundee, Scotland, July 2009.
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This paper uses the cinema of Tuskamoto Shinya to discuss Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s concept of the ‘flesh’. Flesh rejects the ontological antinomy between the empirical and the rational, our determination by either matter or ideas, in favour of a more synthetic description of our incarnate historical being. Flesh critiques theories of ontology reliant on determination via discourse or matter in favour of a dynamic reversibility between embodied subjects who are enabled by/ emerge from this flesh-of-the-world. Tuskamto’s cinema offers us a way to understand how flesh allows for a space of non-coincidence and difference which upholds the positive status of alterirty in light of these bonds.