Parasite Cinema

Martine Beugnet, Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli


In Theatre and its Double Artaud explored how the plague communicates beyond simple contact, bringing death to those it touches, but also bringing fear, images, and the imagination, which transforms social relations, disorganising society and producing absurd anti-social actions. In this essay we would like to relate the emergence of a parasite-cinema, one that expresses itself through predatory form of capture and communication, where images pullulate out of control (but do not destroy the body of the host), to Artaud’s understanding of plague as a proliferation of communication.


Antonin Artaud; parasite cinema; Atom Egoyan’s Artaud Double Bill; pirated cinema; communication as contagion

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Online Magazine of the Visual Narrative - ISSN 1780-678X