dart plane

  Remember Gaff (Edward James Olmos) continuously leaving behind tiny origami artefacts, thereby more or less cryptically commenting situations in “↑Blade Runner“? The ↑famous unicorn in particular? Well, during the Christmas days I unearthed a book I 15 years ago ordered from Dover Publications: Gery Hsu’s 1992 “How to make origami airplanes that fly.” The inside of my copy is littered with quarter- and half-finished specimen. Obviously I tried out a lot of models, but always had to give up and abandon the projects—with the exception of the very first model in the book, the “Space Shuttle” (pp. 12-15)—glides greatly! … Continue reading

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retro phonery

  Whenever I show “↑Blade Runner“ to people who neither know the movie nor were ever touched by cyberpunk æsthetics, they are somewhat puzzled by the technology to be seen. The eerie feeling seems to stem from the futuristic but at the same time decayed and ‘backward’ looks of all apparatus—Jim Burns, Syd Mead and the other ‘visual futurists’ under the guidance of Ridley Scott have done the perfect job.  Over at ↑cyberpunkreview.com there is a category called ↑cyberpunked living, dealing with ‘real-life’ things and happenings reminiscent of ‘the movement’s’ visions. It is my conviction, too, that meanwhile we are … Continue reading

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sidebar writing

  The download links for ↵my writing have found a place in this blog’s righthand sidebar now, too. Ye ole dissertation was added to the downloads:  KNORR, ALEXANDER. 2004. ↓Metatrickster: Burton, Taxil, Gurdjieff, Backhouse, Crowley, Castaneda [7.27MB | .pdf | in German]. Phil. Diss. Univ. München 2002. Alteritas, Münchner ethnologische Impressionen, Vol. 3. Pondicherry, München: Vasa. [ISBN: 3-9809131-6-3] … Continue reading

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