By Marcin Mazurek
Attaining into the depths of the collective subconscious, a feeling of Apocalypse explores and re-interprets one of many West’s primordial fears, particularly that of the apocalyptic closure of either cultural praxis and person adventure. but, unlike renowned connotations of the time period, apocalypse is considered right here by way of a transitional narrative finding the topic on the intersection of technological determinism, pop-cultural mind's eye, postmodern urbanism and electronic textuality. these types of shape the elements of a brand new post-apocalyptic panorama, which not just produces a brand new identification expert by way of dissolving post-Enlightenment paradigms, but in addition evokes tricks at various existential chances prompted via late-capitalist applied sciences and their cultural effects.
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John’s vision, that of the harlot. Approached in these terms, Alien’s corporeality exceeds simple monstrosity enriching it with symbolic significance; it becomes not just one but all three of the apocalyptic bodies. Yet, what differentiates the Alien saga from many other representations touching upon the issue of corporeal suffering, is the fact that very quickly all the attempts to fight the monster’s apocalyptic determination turn into desperate attempts to first protect oneself and then to escape from the beast’s neighbourhood as fast and as far as possible.
On the contrary: the container, as the last reliable and visible outpost of the human, gains extra recognition precisely because of the fact that it constitutes the sole and thus the final element of the cognitive experience. With the modified inside purposefully obscured, the bodily container turns into an object of ultimate fashion, a piece of an unavoidable garment customised in accordance with the latest requirement of cyber haute couture or an individual caprice. Yet, with this particular shift from the inside to the outside, from the essence to the appearance, any assumption about the identity behind the visible becomes pure speculation.
5 Of the three symbols/bodies, the harlot seems to be the most extreme one. ” (17:2) The body becomes thus the ultimate 5. Mary Wilson Carpenter, “Representing Apocalypse: Sexual Politics and the Violence of Revelation,” in Postmodern Apocalypse. Theory and Cultural Practice at the End, ed. Richard Dellamora (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995), 111. 6. All citations from the Book of Revelation are from the Authorized Version (King James). The Violence of Revelation 43 apocalyptic space, irrevocably infected with sinful disposition, and as such deserving ultimate apocalyptic punishment.