Analysis on Pataphysics of the Metamorphosis in Film 'X-Men'

영화 '엑스맨(X-Men)'의 변신모티브에 나타난 파타피직스 분석

  • Chang, Seyoung (Dept. of Multimedia, Graduate School of Digital Image &Contents, Dongguk University) ;
  • Chung, Jeanhun (Dept. of Multimedia, Graduate School of Digital Image &Contents, Dongguk University)
  • 장세영 (동국대학교 영상대학원 멀티미디어학과) ;
  • 정진헌 (동국대학교 영상대학원 멀티미디어학과)
  • Received : 2016.08.16
  • Accepted : 2016.10.20
  • Published : 2016.10.28


The movie, X-men, develops the narrative with metamorphosis as the main motif making visual effects of characters and background. The objective of this study is to suggest that the metamorphosis motif can be materialized based on the virtuality of "pataphysics" as one of the genre characteristics of superhero movies and the newly materialized virtuality can be aesthetic characteristics of metamorphosis motif movies. With the virtuality that has its own characteristics with metaphorical symbols such as satire on an absurd society out of existing traditions, pataphysics started in mid-twentieth century and has had an impact on art movements of dadaism, surrealism, pop art, and postmodernism. Analyzing the characteristics of pataphysics which were shown in these artworks, we applied it to metamorphosis scenes of the movie. As a result, we found out that it visualized the shape and aspect of inner and outer strength of a superhero with aesthetic characteristics of metamorphosis scenes and it realized the presence, hybridity, and ex-formal properties of pataphysics consisting of overlapped virtual and physical reality, with technical virtuality.




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