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Film Festival

Film Festival

Of all the films in the Film Festival, I was most struck by the films on memory and especially: We Only Attack Ourselves. I loved the image of the purple scarf flying away through the desolate landscape and destructive environment. It was very emotional – the music and the sadness and despair of being forced to become a cyborg. What is the message? Humans and cyborgs don’t mix? Did he lose his identity…did they lose their identity as a couple? They can no longer have a relationship? Or perhaps it was the change in form, from human to hybrid, that drove a wedge between them? Very thought-provoking…

Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto (2007) tells us that a cyborg is a “creature in a post-gender world;” I wonder, however, why some cyborgs (today) are depicted as either male or female, as Gumdrop (female) is as in that film because of “her” voice and body. I also love the contrast of past and present in Gumdrop with the futuristic robot and the old school black and white Charlie Chaplin scenes.


References

Haraway, Donna (2007) A cyborg manifesto from Bell, David; Kennedy, Barbara M (eds),  The cybercultures reader pp.34-65, London: Routledge.

 

Togethertube!

Togethertube!

During this second week of EDC, I participated in a couple of film festival catch-ups on Togethertube, graciously hosted by Helen W. It was great to re-watch the films and engage in discussion with my peers. I am finding it a bit difficult to relate to the topics because I have no background in studying cybercultures so it’s been great to have access to observations and perspectives from my classmates.

Screenshot of my RT of Helen W’s tweet.