reel/reeled/reeling/reels (rēl)

To cause to stagger or recoil.
To waver; to recoil or draw away from.
Of material things: to shake, rock, or swing violently; to totter, tremble.
Of an object or image: to have, or seem to have, a rapid quivering motion; to shimmer.
Of a person, group, etc.: to be emotionally or psychologically shaken by an event, experience, etc.; to feel disorientated, bewildered, overwhelmed, or intoxicated as a result of an occurrence, a powerful emotion, carrying a heavy weight, etc.

“Yet still I gasp’d and reel’d with dread.
And ever, when the dream of night
Renews the phantom to my sight,
Cold sweat-drops gather on my limbs.”
S. T. Coleridge, Ode on the Departing Year, VI. (1796)


Alex Ingersoll is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on media and technology studies with a focus on technologies of spatial representation, orientation, and memory. Much of his work explores the aesthetic and sonic environments of our social imaginations of space and the tension among neglected and marginalized ideas and machines. His work has been featured in venues and festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Currents International New Media Festival in Santa Fe, the Strange Beauty Film Festival in Durham N.C., and the Alchemy Film Festival in Hawick, Scotland.