Female Ai Representations: Ex Machina Revisits the Myths of Pandora and Galatea

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The portrayal of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in contemporary cinema speaks to the dominant discourse in the European tradition about humanity's fears and hopes generated by the creation of artificial life. The present study seeks to analyse the portrayal of the female as an iconic representation of Artificial Intelligence in the context of the current zeitgeist (Drosnin, 1997; Keane, 2006) as the work of filmmakers explores both long-standing and recent concerns about female robots by bringing them to life on the screen (Pandya, 2019; Hamilton, 2018). We submit that an exploration of Alex Garland's Ex Machina (2014) as a new reading of the Galatea and Pandora myths will bear out our hypothesis that the female robot model projects the spectre of the monstrous feminine, and may embolden filmmakers to endeavour more complex representations of females capable of subverting the power structure of patriarchal ideology (Modleski, 2002).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-203
Number of pages15
JournalL'Atalante. Revista de Estudios Cinematográficos
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Film Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Greek Mythology
  • Robots
  • Science Fiction


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