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Abstract

In her article, "The Dream Scene and the Future of Vision in The City of Lost Children and Until the End of the World," Donna Wilkerson-Barker examines how these films investigate the place of imagination (or representation) in postmodern visual culture through their portrayal of technologized vision as an obstacle to experience. Drawing parallels between the dream scenes in these films and virtual reality and cyberspace, she argues that image technologies in The City of Lost Children and Until the End of the World lead to a dissociation of experience from corporeal reality, a dissociation that is ultimately linked to a loss of vision (understood as sight and imagination). Exploring the question of how image technologies affect the way we see and relate to the world in depth, these films interrogate the foundations upon which we construct experience and make meaning from it as well as our potential for productive social engagement in the future.

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