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Paul Roquet

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692446

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692446.001.0001

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Subtractivism

Subtractivism

Low-Affect Living with Ambient Cinema

Chapter:
(p.125) 5 Subtractivism
Source:
Ambient Media
Author(s):

Paul Roquet

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816692446.003.0005

Chapter Five examines the “subtractivist” response to sensory overload in contemporary Japan, and what it means for interpersonal life. Roquet’s focus is Tony Takitani, an ambient film based on a Murakami Haruki story. Roquet focuses on how the film uses music and fashion to cover over melancholy memories and replace them with a low-affect lifestyle.

Keywords:   Subtractivism, Sensory overload, Tony Takitani, Murakami Haruki, Low-affect, Contemporary Japan, Japanese film, Ambient film

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