TechnoCalyps (2006)

Are we prepared for dealing with the prospect that humanity is not the end of evolution? TechnoCalyps is an intriguing three-part documentary on the notion of transhumanism by Belgian visual artist and filmmaker Frank Theys.

The latest findings in genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, bionics and nanotechnology appear in the media every day, but with no analysis of their common aim: that of exceeding human limitations.

In TechnoCalyps the director conducts his enquiry into the scientific, ethical and metaphysical dimensions of technological development. The film includes interviews by top experts and thinkers on the subject worldwide, including Marvin Minsky, Terence McKenna, Hans Moravec, Bruce Sterling, Robert Anton Wilson, Richard Seed, Margareth Wertheim, Kirkpatrick Sale, Ralph C. Merkle, Mark Pesce, Ray Kurzweil, Rabbi Youssouf Kazen, Rael and many others.

Vir: http://www.singularitysymposium.com/technocalyps.html

Part 1: Transhuman

The first part gives an overview of recent technological developments (biogenetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, implants, nanotechnology) and prognoses made by leading scientists about the impact of these developments in the near future.

Part 2: Preparing for the Singularity

In this part advocates and opponents of a transhuman future are weighed against each other; prognoses are done when we can expect the transhuman revolution and how people are preparing for it already now.

Part 3: The Metaphysics of Technology

This part covers the metaphysical consequences of the new technological revolution.

Connections (1978)

Connections is a ten-episode documentary television series created, written and presented by science historian James Burke. The series was produced and directed by Mick Jackson of the BBC Science & Features Department and first aired in 1978 (UK) and 1979 (USA). It took an interdisciplinary approach to the history of science and invention and demonstrated how various discoveries, scientific achievements, and historical world events were built from one another successively in an interconnected way to bring about particular aspects of modern technology. The series was noted for Burke’s crisp and enthusiastic presentation (and dry humour), historical reenactments, and intricate working models.

Vir: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connections_%28TV_series%29

The Trigger Effect

 

 

 

 

 

Death in the Morning

 

 

 

 

 

Distant Voices

 

 

 

 

 

Faith in Numbers

 

 

 

 

 

The Wheel of Fortune

 

 

 

 

 

Thunder in the Skies

 

 

 

 

 

The Long Chain

 

 

 

 

 

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

 

 

 

 

 

Countdown

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, Tomorrow and You

 

 

 

 

Filokafe (2011)

»Café philosophique«, »Cafe-philo«, »Philocafe«, »Filokafe« in kar je podobnih izrazov vsi združujejo idejo, ki je v zgodovini filozofije ena temeljnih v tem kako pravzaprav filozofirati – v odprtem in medsebojnem soočanju argumentov in trditev. Po svetu je v zadnjih letih zraslo veliko skupin, ki poskušajo oživiti ta tradicionalni način filozofiranja. Novi zagon je ideja dobila v Parizu, v Franciji, kjer je 13. decembra leta 1992, danes že pokojni francoski filozof Marc Sautet, skupaj z nekaj prijatelji v kavarni »Café des Phares« prvič ponovno organizirano preizkusil to idejo. Odtlej se je vsako nedeljo ob 11. dopoldne s prijatelji dobival na kavi in odpiral različne filozofske debate. Prvih srečanj se je udeleževalo malo ljudi, toda že kmalu so se debatam pridružili študentje nato pa tudi druga širša javnost. Dogodek je postal tedenska posebnost, ki je pritegovala vedno več ljudi – slednjič se je na srečanjih zbiralo tudi več kot 200 ljudi. Tradicija Agore, osrednjega trga kot prostora za demokratično razpravo, se je preselila v udobno okolje kavarne. Dejavnost se je kmalu razširila v druge lokale v Parizu in po vsej Franciji, nato pa tudi širom sveta. Nekaj tovrstnih poskusov pa lahko beležimo tudi že pri nas.

V kratkem predstavitvenem videu lahko spoznate temeljna načela in pravila, ki so osnova za uspešno izvedbo filokafeja.

Več o filokafejih na http://www.zofijini.net/bodica_filokafe.html

Vir: http://www.zofijini.net/oko_filokafe.html 

Il corpo delle donne (2009)

This project took off as a matter of urgency. It all started with the observation that women–real women–are an endangered species on television, one that is being replaced by a grotesque, vulgar and humiliating representation.
We sensed the enormity of this loss: the erasure of women’s identity is happening right before our eyes, but without a proper reaction, not even from women themselves.

This led us to select television images that share a common manipulative exploitation of the woman’s body, to let people know what is happening–not only people who never watch television, but especially those who watch it but “don’t see.”

Our aim is to ask ourselves questions, and to pose questions about the reason behind this erasure, a real “pogrom” of which all of us are silent spectators.Our project grants special attention to the erasure of adult faces on television, to the use of plastic surgery to erase any sign of the passage of time, and to the social consequences of this erasure.

Vir: www.ilcorpodelledonne.it