Archive for October, 2008

A.I. and the future city

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2008 by miniworld
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Chris Cunningham and special effects

Posted in special effects, technology on October 27, 2008 by miniworld

although he is best known for his spooky music videos for Aphex Twin, Cunningham has worked with animatronics in ALIEN and participated in the early phases of A.I.

A.I. and the figure of the Android

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2008 by miniworld

all right, since we have to deal with lots of androids, cyborgs, robots etc… in the next few days, let’s provide definitions. David (the protagonist of Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a “mecha” android. note, this is different than “robot” or “cyborg.”

there is a decent definition of “android” on Wikipedia here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android

Maria, from “Metropolis,” Robbie the robot from “Forbidden Planet,” the “Star Wars” robots, the robot in “I Robot” are all robot:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot

different definition for the Cyborg, whose story is a bit more complicated:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyborg

Brazil and Gilliam

Posted in interview, technology, video on October 27, 2008 by miniworld

an interesting BBC documentary with interviews with Terry Gilliam

Bureaucracy, Dystopia and Architectural surrealism in Brazil

Posted in architecture, technology, video on October 27, 2008 by miniworld

this scene is probably one of the denser in Brazil: it synthesizes the the monstrosity of the bureaucratic apparatus through its architectural spectacularity and its vertical dynamism.

2001 space odyssey

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2008 by miniworld

the opening:

the monolyth

the ending

memory and dreams in SCIFI film

Posted in technology, time travel, video with tags on October 20, 2008 by miniworld

in Kathryn Bigelow “Strange Days” (1995) Lenny Nero,  deals with data-discs containing recorded memories and emotions.