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Cecilia Brock
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    Designing Science Fiction...
    The course will be loosely inspired by the movie (and the book) The Man who Fell to Earth in which David Bowie plays an extraterrestrial visitor...
    Now playing SpaceCollective
    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    Mon, Jun 11, 2007  Permanent link

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    Ok...this might be a bit out of place, but I'm posting it nonetheless. It's a quirky video on downtown LA. The editing is a bit hard to watch at times (too much, too fast makes me dizzy), but I found it to be an good example of developing interest/fascination out of the most mundane of things.
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    Loglines:

    Liza has lived her eighteen years on the Electric 6 space station. With a sudden realization that her every need is met through machinery and prosthetic contraption, she begins to wonder if such a complete dependence on technology is necessary.


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    This is the story of Liza: a space station resident in a struggle with the reality of her world. Her station, Electric 6, was designed to be the most complete, and most human satisfying station. It has machines to answer any human need. There are odorifics for memory and kaleidoscoping light glasses for spirituality. Any weakness of soul or spirit has a mechanical fix. Liza finds herself doubting the necessity of each device and longing for a world where she might be a more active participant.
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    ...a quote from this very interesting article that Claire gave us...

    The surrealists believed that objects in the world possess a certain but unspecifiable intensity that had been dulled by everyday use and utility. They meant to reanimate this dormant intensity, to bring their minds once again into close contact with the matter that made up their world...The surrealists understood that photography and cinema could carry out this remaining process automatically; the process of framing objects in a lens was often enough to create the charge they sought. Describing the effect, Walter Benjamin drew a comparison between the photographic apparatus and Freud's psychoanalytic methods. Just as Freud's theories "isolated and made analyzable things which had heretofore floated along unnoticed in the broad stream of perception," the photographic apparatus focuses on "hidden details of familiar objects," revealing "entirely new structural formations of the subject."


    from Jonathon Lethem's "The Ecstasy of Influence," Feb 2007
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    The films of Stan Brackhage are a great reference for what we hope to make in this class.....definitely worth picking up at your local videotheque.
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    This is the world's largest flower, also called "corpse flower" because it smells of rotting flesh. It is a parasitic organism found in the jungles of S.E. Asia that can grow to be 3 feet in diameter and weight 11kg.

    Feeding off the host plant, the bud breaks through the host's bark and takes 9 months to blossom into a five-petaled flower. Unfortunately, this is hard to capture because the blossom only lasts for a few days.


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    This is a beautiful image of ferro-fluid, which is apparently "magnetic particles suspended in fluid" taken from the National Geographic website here: http://seabed.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/wallpaper2.tmpl?issue_id=20051101&week=1&priority=1



    Here's a video of ferrofluid in action.
    http://scitation.aip.org/phf/gallery/2003-lorenz.jsp)
    Fast forward if you must, but it's definitely pretty interesting.
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    the set-up

    The space colony was launched in 2097 by a group of private investors looking to escape from the uber-conservative politicians on earth. As more and more ecological disasters occurred in the early half of the 21st century, earth’s leaders moved to quickly advance their technologies. But, instead of using technology to promote a more ecologically friendly living environment, they chose rather to retreat into a mode of self-protection and create a sterile habitat. It started with simple ideas that quickly grew into mass hysteria. For example, one of the first advances included robotic plant-life since humans were destroying massive sections of natural growth. Entire gardens and arboretums were devoted to these robot species in order to entertain and teach. Soon after, though, more extreme measures were taken. To slow the development of disease, all human contact was banned. By this time, humans were capable of creating offspring completely within a laboratory. Pleasure pills- a supplement that could satisfy all human urges- were made mandatory by federal law.

    This space colony collective began with an alternative couple in San Francisco, Simon and Lily. They started with a simple premise: to stop taking pleasure pills and see what happens. What could they learn about themselves and about the human race? Of course, they had to do this in hiding because the government performed frequent tests to make sure that everyone was conforming to regulations. Although they were often on the run, they felt that they were lucky enough to settle down long enough to get pregnant with Liza (the main character and narrator of this story). Pregnant women were outlawed, so the family moved to space aboard a collective shuttle with the other members from San Francisco. It started as a small venture, but the group quickly built a massive habitat in space. They were soon after joined by other groups of underground collectives from around the world. These private investors all added something different to the development, not all of it what Skye and Lily had imagined, but at least they were all free.

    main character: liza
    At this point in the story (the beginning), Liza is almost eighteen. She has extremely fair skin that is offset by her long, rich brown hair and bright green eyes. She was born and raised entirely on their colony’s space shuttle.

    excerpt from liza’s diary:
    Year 18, Day 350:
    We are nearing my eighteenth birthday; which will be yet another birthday on the space capsule.

    Year 18, Day 355:
    I found a ton of old music in the storage facility today. Most of it is from the turn of last century. I was told that most popular music on earth was destroyed long ago. It must have been hidden for decades. Perhaps it belonged to old John. This finding has encouraged me to dig deeper through all this stuff. First, though, I’ll have to figure out how to get the music from this machine. I can see already that it won’t be compatible with our download recorders. Here’s what I found:
    Gang of 4
    Mission to Burma
    Bad Wizard
    The Police
    Les Savy Fav
    Art Brut

    Year 18, Day 357:
    Now that I have shown genuine interest in planet earth, uncle Harold is beginning to tell me more about it. He gave me his old odorific machine today. It is a gadget to record the molecules that make up particular smells and then store them for later replication. Uncle Harold still has smells from the 21st century! These are things that no longer exist on the sterilized earth. So far I have tried “Morning in Paris” and “Summer in Mumbai.” They are difficult to breathe-in and make me feel a bit queasy, so I’m taking my time to go through them all.
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    This space habitat was started as an alternative culture in opposition to the growing conservatives who are promoting a sterile earth. The group is not opposed to technology; rather they embrace it as a way to promote healthy environments. They are opposed to the way in which technology is used on earth as a constant enemy to the ecology. The founding group members practice permaculture, a study of ecological systems to suggest healthy ways of working on the planet.

    The habitat itself is rather blob-like in form. The core of the unit is primarily storage, although systems for power and other necessary functions weave through the entire shuttle. The most visually interesting parts are the umbrella gardens. These green balloons seem to float above and all around the shuttle - a living sky to protect its inhabitants. These growing pods are quite literally farms and gardens that contain hydroponically grown plants. There are different levels and sections to these pods. The outermost level contains the radiation absorbers and is probably the most crucial part of the space colony. These plants are capable of absorbing enough heat to protect the shuttle inhabitants from harmful radiation exposure. The humidity within this level also creates enough water to be constantly recycled throughout the pods (a necessary step for successful hydroponics). The absorption of heat also powers the shuttle, in a way similar to how solar energy works on earth. The next level inward contains the farms where all food for the space inhabitants is created. The level closest to the shuttle habitation contains the recreation gardens. Inhabitants take vacation trips to these gardens, which have climates very different from the rest of the shuttle. They are akin to the extinct tropical rainforests on earth.
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