Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk in the Year of the Future

Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk in the Year of the Future

Contemporary Art Programme

Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk in the Year of Future Guided Tour

Contemporary Art Programme

Phantom Plane Film Screening: Naqoyqatsi

Contemporary Art Programme

Phantom Plane Film Screening: Tetsuo + Electric Dragon 80,000 V

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Phantom Plane Public Programme: Ackbar Abbas Seminar + Blade Runner Screening

Contemporary Art Programme

Cyberpunk Here and Now #1: Kongkee x Albert Tam

Contemporary Art Programme

Akira – Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk in the Year of Future Public Screening

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World on a Wire – Phantom Plane: Cyberpunk in the Year of Future Public Screening

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‘Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk in the Year of the Future’ Artists and Curators’ Panel

Contemporary Art Programme
Time
7pm-8:30pm
Location
JC Cube Map
Price
Regular $60; Concession $48 (Concession tickets are applicable to students (with full-time student ID), seniors aged over 60 and persons with disability)
Phantom Plane Film Screening: Naqoyqatsi

General

Director: Godfrey Reggio

2002 |89 min|United States|Colour |35mm|No Dialogue

Far from a randomly generated set of letters, the title of the film is derived from the Hopi, a native American tribe. The name has three meanings: life of internecine struggle, life of war, and the violence of the process of “civilisation”. Since the beginning of the millennium, human beings have oriented their lives towards technology. As binary, digital codes are gradually replacing a primal authenticity, modern technology is also defamiliarising the familiar. It is unsurprising that the Tower of Babel appears at the beginning of the film, symbolising the chaos of untranslatability. Delineating the temporal progression from Genesis to the future, Naqoyqatsi mediates upon the dangers of technological development.

Naqoyqatsi is the last of the Qatsi Trilogy directed by the master documentarist Godfrey Reggio. The film, constituting purely of music and images, shows the ineffable war between technology and humanity—with neither dialogue nor plot. The director processes all the footage technologically, altering their hue and colour, doubling the exposures, adding in 3D animated footage. He is resolute in blurring the viewer’s perceptive divide between the real and the virtual. Employing compositions from the minimalist composer Phillip Glass as played by Yoyo Ma, he hopes to evoke the sounds immanent in the images.

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