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In May 2020, scientists at the World Health Organization named COVID variants via letters of the Greek alphabet. Penny Siopis conjoins diseased celluloid with Greek mythology and the science of the viral in her film Celluloid Body to craft a figuring of an ill world in need of re-enchantment. The coda to the film is dense with reference to a pantheic Arcadian world, the world of Eros and Pan, reaching across the spirits of the ages to find a freer place in an age of contagion. Contagion, infection, and a diseased state produce an intimacy of form not only with human others but with pathogens and the viral life of the nobuman world. This draws into our analytical ambit Donna Haraway’s sense of life as a window of vulnerability and of a semipermeable or transcorporeal self.

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