Stefano Tani, Matteo Rima, Francesca Agamennoni


This introduction intends to introduce screens as a subject and theme present throughout the history of mankind. The essay discusses  Narcissus’ fount as the first (mythological) screen, the mirror as the first man-made object reflecting  his  image, and subsequently all the other artifacts capturing one’s image: portraits, photography, and cinematic screens, up to computer and cell phone displays. Screens in general reflect man’s uneasiness once confronted with his own image. With the advent of a digital society screens have become the reflections of users who delegated their mental faculties to them. So Alzheimer is now  the perfect metaphoric illness of the XXI century.  Man emptied by Alzheimer is perfectly represented by the zombie, a popular figure in horror movies that has as its forerunner the aphasic Lazarus of John’s Gospel.


Screens; Narcissus; mirror; portrait; photography; cinema; computer; cell phone; Alzheimer; zombie; Lazarus

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