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Inception as paradigm for world building and interface
by Critical Commons Manager `

Christopher Nolan's Inception presents a useful and inventive cinematic vision of world-building as a paradigm for storytelling via a shared, biological interface. Ultimately, as the narrative progresses, the film is more concerned with nested timelines, but its initial framing focuses on the articulation, perception and destruction of space. The technologized interface that permits entry to the nested dream worlds of Inception are a fundamentally hybrid biological-technical apparatus that merges the logic of the unconscious with cinematic conventions of virtual reality, especially relating to the tenuous relationship of the virtual and physical worlds.

This Commentary is related to the following Clips:
The fragility of a dream world by Christopher Nolan (2010) A world is constructed and destroyed based on self-awareness of the world-building process
World building physics by Christopher Nolan (2010) Playing with physics in a cognitively generated world
Biological interface for collective dreaming by Christopher Nolan (2010) A biological interface allows for collective dream experiences
World building as cognitive construct by Christopher Nolan (2010) World building in dream space as a process of cognition, perception and perspective