moore’s magic

On Wikipedia I found the following quote from the ↑Philip K. Dick of our times, ↑Alan Moore, author of e.g. ‘↑Watchmen,’ ‘↑V for Vendetta,’ ‘↑From Hell,’ and ‘↑The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,’ illustrating his quite secular vision of magic—the vision of a real magician: I believe that magic is art, and that art, whether that be music, writing, sculpture, or any other form, is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to achieve changes in consciousness … Indeed to cast a spell is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change people’s consciousness, … Continue reading

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larry cuba

Just dug that one up from my bookmarks—back in the 1970s ↑Larry Cuba, then at the ↑Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), made the computer graphics seen during the endbattle against the Deathstar in the original ‘Star Wars’ (Lucas 1977).     When I first saw those animated 3D line-graphics in the cinema in ’77 I was fascinated.     Three years later, at the first computer-christmas, I got a ↑Commodore 64 (C64).     With a freely programmable computer at my hands I set out to recreate those graphics. For a start I was content with the idea of an anmation … Continue reading

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modern times

It must have been four, five, or more years ago, when I had a conversation on the anthropology of work with one of my three teachers, ↑Kurt Beck. Somewhere into our talk Kurt mentioned Chaplin’s ‘↑Modern Times‘ (1936), associating the famous scenes of Chaplin at the assembly line with instances of workers ‘fighting against the conveyor belt,’ described in ethnographies of work. The gist was that workers at assembly lines by their practices not necessarily do fight metaphorically against their bosses, or even commit sabotage. Happens, of course, but isn’t always the case. Rather they actively ↵appropriate the technological artefact … Continue reading

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cyberpunk to come

Well, well, more water on my mills [… love that phrase], regarding my proposition that cyberpunk has become a powerful discourse, is unbroken, and still going strong—scal at ↑cpc and Mr. Roboto at ↑cyberpunk review have gathered news about cyberpunk material coming to the screens. Here’s a roundup:     Disney does a prequel series to ‘Tron Legacy’, ↑Tron uprising—the animated series. Alcon Entertainment plans to ↑buy the ‘Blade Runner’ intellectual property franchise and to create material based on it on multiple platforms. A postapocalyptical robot-movie called ‘↑Plug‘ is in the making. The ↑remake of ‘Robocop’ has been resurrected. Pages … Continue reading

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metropolis budget

All right, I am on my way to proof a point regarding the cyberpunk genre, respectively the discourse which in my view it has become. And Foucault really has me now, as I am creating lists, tables, and stuff for that. In respect to motion pictures variables of interest are budget (correllating with the faith the producing industry had in the project) and gross revenue (correllating with the audience’s interest in the project). At the moment I am concerned with the budget.     The idea is to make a comparison through time.     Now, the earliest motion picture … Continue reading

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pkd motion pictures

Meanwhile ten ↑works of Philip K. Dick have been made into motion pictures—plus one to be released in 2012. Here are the pairs, the novel or short story by PKD, followed by the motion-picture adaptation, in reverse chronological order of the release of the motion pictures. DICK, PHILIP KINDRED. 1953. The king of the elves. Beyond Fantasy Fiction 1(2) [September 1953]: 142-164. WILLIAMS, CHRIS. 2012. King of the elves [animated motion picture]. Burbank: Walt Disney Animation Studios. DICK, PHILIP KINDRED. 1985 [1976]. Radio free Albemuth. Westminster: Arbor House. SIMON, JOHN ALAN. 2010. Radio free Albemuth [motion picture]. Los Angeles: Utopia … Continue reading

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somnolence

Patrick Kalyn‘s short-film Somnolence (HD at YouTube) goes well with Chris Marker’s La Jetée. /Film says: /Film reader and aspiring filmmaker Patrick Kalyn has just completed work on a new sci-fi short film Somnolence. Kalyn is an Emmy nominated visual effects animator, who has worked on films such as Avatar, District 9, I, Robot, King Kong, X-Men: The Last Stand, 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Jumper, The Water Horse, and television series like Stargate SG-1. Filmed for $10,000 in 2 days in Vancouver, BC using Red Cameras, the short is part of a larger story that Kalyn hopes to … Continue reading

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2012 scorcher

‘Apocalyptic blockbuster absurd, say NASA scientists‘—thus headlines an article by John Harlow in ‘The Australian’, published yesterday. NASA is very unhappy with scientifically overflawed science-fiction movies like Roland Emmerich’s ‘2012‘ of 2009 (which they deem to be the worst), or Michael Bay’s ‘Armageddon‘ (1998). But they are quite fond of the cyberpunk genre. Here’s some water on my mills: NASA and the SEE [Science & Entertainment Exchange, a group of physicists and others campaigning for more authentic science fiction] also praise “good” science fiction films such as Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner [1982], which convincingly portrayed a futuristic Los Angeles now … Continue reading

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arms race

‘Arms Race’ is a steampunk short film by Nigel Clegg. It’s alternate hi/story is set in 1855, during a Crimean War (1853-1856) spiced up with steampunk machinery and gadgetry … for example, you will witness the charging of a not-so-light brigade. The behind-the-scenes & background of this micro-budget independent movie are really worthwhile, too. CLEGG, NIGEL. 2010. Arms Race [motion picture]. UK: It’s A Trap! via entry at brass goggles … Continue reading

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turbo

TURBO is a high adrenaline short film in the tradition of the Karate Kid and Tron. It tells the story of Hugo Park (Justin Chon, Twilight) a troubled youth whose only outlet for angst is a 4D fighting videogame called “Super Turbo Arena”. When Pharaoh King (Jocko Sims, Crash the Series), the Michael Jordan of cyber-sports, announces a tournament to determine who will join his pro-team, Hugo’s sets his eyes on the prize. But, Hugo isn’t the only gamer who wants fame and glory. If Hugo wants to win he’s going to have to beat Shamus (David Lehre, Epic Movie), … Continue reading

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