Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Illustrative links and resources.

Hi everybody.

During this week's tutorials, I raised the issue of different forms of immersion and their relevance. I decided to link to the article I originally found the distinction in while I was researching my thesis, so here it is. (Link.)

I had some trouble getting this image up on the screen in a way visible to everyone, so here is the comparison image between the original graphics of System Shock 2 and the updated graphics created by the Rebirth Project. (Link) The overall page itself is here.

For Natural Selection, I think the best way that I can illustrate the point would be to link to a short review of what makes the mod different. Otherwise, doing a google search for "Natural selection"+"half-life" will bring up other articles. (Link)

Along with these, I've uploaded the pilot episode for Global Frequency into the FTVMS203 resources folder, so that those who are interested in investigating it are free to watch it. Headphones are a must.

Also, one of the texts I'll be using to discuss Technobodies next week is a film called Ghost in the Shell. The film and its sequel are both available from the AV Library if you want to investigate them yourselves. Their call numbers are:

Ghost in the Shell: DVD-V LD05-045

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence:
DVD-V LD03-115.

The first film is likely to be widely available in many videostores if you find that the AV library copy is popular. The sequel has not yet seen a wide release, and will be harder to find. If people need new AV Library cards, get in contact with me.

- Kevin.


At 5:02 PM, Blogger Andrew Cozens said...

Heh, was going to make a blog post about GITS after the lecture because all that took about the post human and technobodies made me immediatly think of ghost in the shell. Maybe i will post a blog about it anyway :p Saw Ghost In The Shell 2 at the film festival a few weeks ago, enjoyed it but prefer the original. I don't think the blending of 2d and 3d animation worked in every instance, like i was focusing on the background 3d instead of the 2d foreground animation which confused me.

Ghost In The Shell however is very very cool, and raises a lot of interesting ideas about how can we define a 'human' and how this definition is being contested with the advent of new technologies. An anime classic imo, we have it at Video Ezy Birkenhead and Ponsonby have it along with a wide range of anime titles. Akira is one i would definately recommend as another good anime film.

At 5:20 PM, Blogger Andrew Cozens said...

Napier, S. Anime, From Akira to Princess Mononoke – Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation has a good chapter on Ghost In The Shell, i used it for an essay last semester :)

The chapter talks about the use of Christian imagery and quotations from the bible that question the theory of individual identity and how these questions attempt to redefine identity in this new digital age. This redefining of identity in turn forces a rethinking of the very notion of humanity. It also talks about the religious image of the 'fall' (from grace) and how this 'fall' is also portrayed through the Buddhist ideal of enlightenment – each fall improves Kusanagi until her fall into the body of the puppet master gives her the ultimate enlightenment – the ability to transcend the confines of the human body and enter a transient space.

(part paraphrased from my essay and part summary of the chapter) :) Hope that was at least of some use to someone. :)

At 5:26 PM, Blogger Andrew Cozens said...

here is the quote from Corinthians that Kusonagi quotes to Bato:

β€œFor now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known.

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Andrew Cozens said...

I hate not being able to edit comments, is there a way you can edit comments? if so i havn't found out yet and i wanted to put it into one comment to make it less confusing. ah well.

When watching it i noticed that the matrix draws a hell of a lot of inspiration from Ghost In The Shell, what with the green code intro titles and all that jacking up into the information systems through a connection thing at the back of the cyborgs head..

Another movie in a similar vein to the two ghost in the shell movies is Metropolis, i have it out on rental from ponsonby atm but havn't had a chance to watch it yet. This is the blurb on the back cover:

"Set in a futuristic city at the height of its civilisation, Metropolis tells the story of Tima - a beautiful and mysterious female humanoid who does not realise that she is actually a highly advanced robot. But it is Tima who must discover her true self and begin to brdige the gap between humans and the humanoids.. to save the entire city from the dark dictator Duke Red"

Sounds promising..


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