Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Lo - fi, Hi - fi and Sci - Fi
Here are some videos that caught my attention over christmas, this is an extraodinary example of how two very similar ideas, the idea of artificial intelligence, can be taken in two completly different directions. both out comes are in essence they are one and the same and are both in a similar stage of prodution. but have taken on a completly different form, function and enviroment, the hyper realistc robot that is more akin to somting like blade runner or the animatrix, is still confined to his room, were as the kinetic sculpturs of theo jansen are free to walk the beaches but still need a small helping hand.
Blade Runner is a 1982 American science fiction film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young. The screenplay, written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, is loosely based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019 in which genetically manufactured beings called replicants – visually indistinguishable from adult humans – are used for dangerous and degrading work on Earth's "off-world colonies". Following a small replicant uprising, replicants become illegal on Earth and specialist police called "blade runners" are trained to hunt down and "retire" (kill) escaped replicants on Earth. The plot focuses on a brutal and cunning group of recently-escaped replicants hiding in Los Angeles and the semi-retired blade runner, Rick Deckard (Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment.
this could be a comical analogy of jansens sculptures but none the less still follows the same basic pyhisics of kinetic energy.
another installment of dystopian fantasy, but will it happen? who knows!