Ekaterina Lapina-Kratasyuk

Ekaterina Lapina-Kratasyuk

Associate Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia

Dr. Ekaterina Lapina-Kratasyuk is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow; an MA in Cultural Studies from the Institute for European Cultures (Russian State University for the Humanities and Ruhr-Universität Bochum). She is the co-editor of Tuning Language: Communication Management in Post-Soviet Space (2016); the co-editor of The Digital City: Urban life and Digitalization (2019), and the author of numerous papers on Russian television, cinema, and new media.
From 2014-2016 she was the head of the research group “Digital City”. After graduating from UCLA’s Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics program Culture Analytics in 2016, E. Lapina-Kratasyuk directed a MediaSpace research project, done in collaboration with the Moscow Space Museum and dedicated to Space representations in media, including cinema, astrophotography, videogames and Big Data 3D installations and their aesthetic, educational, political and economic aspects. She is an organizer of the annual international conference MediaSpace and a public lecture course “Space and Sci-Fi” (March-May 2019).

Dreams and sleeping have always been an important part of movies’ narrative which helps to develop the formal structure of a film. Dreams as a part of a film’s plot allow to refine on parallel editing, construct imaginary worlds, find new and intricate ways of visualizing psychology of characters etc.

From rather direct Freudian interpretation of dreams in cinema (for example, pure, yet sophisticated iteration of it is in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Spellbound (1945) with Salvador Dali’s visual design of the main character's dream), scriptwriters and directors turned to more complex and elaborated narrative constructions, demonstrated, among others, in Christopher Nolan’s Memento (2000) and Inception (2010). The role of dreams in the evolution of the horror movie genre in 1980-1990 is also worth mentioning. The topic of insomnia has appeared to show the deconstruction of the dream’s narrative in cinema and blur the discourse boundaries between a dream and phantasm and nightmare.

In my talk, I am going to focus on contemporary films which use the topic of dreams as the main narrative element. My research question is how technological specificity of digital cinema and the multiplatform mode of the last decade’s media consumption transformed the discourses of dreams in contemporary films.