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Blauwe energiepillen slikken: de dialectiek van menselijke energie in The Matrix-trilogie

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  • Reuben Martens

Abstract

Problems of energy are an interesting recurring theme in the cinematic works of The
Wachowski’s, who seem to be fascinated with the consumption of human bodies. The
Matrix-trilogy is perhaps the most interesting in that respect, as it actively deals with
issues of human energy, both literal and metaphorical. However, this problematic dialectic
of human energy is not easily understood. Moreover, it requires a completely new and
radical interpretation of the films altogether. This article will utilise a machinic-oriented
ontology to explore the energy issues at stake in The Matrix and what these issues may
teach us about our own understanding of the energy problems that we have encountered
at the dawn of the Anthropocene.

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Martens, R., (2016) “Blauwe energiepillen slikken: de dialectiek van menselijke energie in The Matrix-trilogie”, Handelingen - Koninklijke Zuid-Nederlandse maatschappij voor taal- en letterkunde en geschiedenis 70, p.45-59. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/kzm.v70i0.17817

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15 Mar 2016
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