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Trance Mediums and New MediaSpirit Possession in the Age of Technical Reproduction$
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Heike Behrend, Anja Dreschke, and Martin Zillinger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823253807

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823253807.001.0001

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Possession Play: On Cinema, Reenactment, and Trance in the Cologne Tribes

Possession Play: On Cinema, Reenactment, and Trance in the Cologne Tribes

(p.241) Possession Play: On Cinema, Reenactment, and Trance in the Cologne Tribes
Trance Mediums and New Media

Anja Dreschke

Fordham University Press

The Cologne Tribes are an association of around 80 clubs from Cologne whose members re-enact the lifeworlds of ‘foreign’ cultures and/or ancient epochs as a leisure time activity. The chapter approaches the mutual constitution of media and trance in a twofold way. It takes the enthusiasm for Hollywood historical dramas of the members of the Cologne Tribes, as a starting point for investigating forms of the performative appropriation of media, exploring the entanglement and interactions of fascination with films and mimetic practices of alterity that she observed among the Cologne Tribes. Embodiment for them becomes a means to experience otherness, which is described by the locals of Cologne in terms of possession. Dreschke also examines how ecstatic practices associated with the cultures emulated by the Cologne Tribes are appropriated and transformed in reenactments. Through training in these practices, club members learn how to relate to things in a new way and gradually change their perception of the world. However, the sensual experience of estrangement and trance in film perception seems to interact with altered states of (un)consciousness familiar to the members of the Cologne Tribes from the local Carnival traditions.

Keywords:   Anja Dreschke, Germany, Carnival, Alterity, Reenactment, Cinema, Film perception, Trance, Ecstatic practices, Shamanism, Ciné-trance

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