a Sci-Fi Film in the Not Too Distant Future
A response to a seminar concerning the way in which science fiction has been portrayed over the years in television and film. In the discussion afterwards the question was raised as to how we think the future might be portrayed, in the future.
Taking my cue from the increasing minaturisation and invisibility of technology, wireless information devices and the Internet, In a Sci-Fi Film in the Not Too Distant Future reasons that in the future there may not exist objects to film. The work narrates an archetypal battle between two users who fight entirely in an exchange of data, told through subtitles and inter-cut with frames derived from early silent cinema. The most visual aspect of the video is the credits at the end in which 150 people are noted for their participation in the making of the film, breaking down into lines of text and ascii art.
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