By Julia Buntaine, Editor in Chief
“We're not sure what caused its...its demise. Others have... have gone... because they were extremely sensitive; it's likely this one was just too sensitive to survive all the... you know... all the... It’s so important... more important than ever that you are here...”
The consonance and dissonance of reality becomes visible only when time pauses, and it is only in these pauses that reality happens.
By Aimee Lusty
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival in New York City. The festival will run May 25 - 30, 2017 at five venues across the city. The festival showcases short films, full length feature films, animations, and documentaries from international artists, scholars, and filmmakers. The films explore technological, philosophical, sociological, political, and metaphysical themes in contemporary science fiction, in honor and continuation of the work of author Philip K. Dick.
"The piece Always originated with the song, in particular the lyrics which seem to me to describe a relationship that is far closer to reality than is normally found in a love song, this is a song steeped in regret, rather than passion or pain. I wanted to create a piece that deals with the ways that we fail to achieve the ideal of romantic love, whilst at the same time recognizing the beauty and pathos of this essentially human impulse. In this sense I created the kitsch-sublime synthetic landscape and the cloud as visual equivalents of the song. From the beginning I wanted to create this piece in a way that reflected a sense of emotional failure, the 3D digital animation process that I used to create the dancing cloud is particularly laborious and requires meticulous mathematical manipulation of a series of algorithms to create the illusion of a living cloud. This forced me to work in a way that was completely at odds with the kind of impulsive expressionism so often associated with the artist, whilst at the same time attempting to create an emotionally engaging image of regret personified."
By Glenn Smith
As many members of the SciArt community will be aware, the current explosion in artificial intelligence research is being increasingly driven by the life sciences. In particular, the core AI algorithm which is currently gaining so much attention and achieving such incredible results in applications as diverse as speech recognition, photo interpretation, game playing, and even weather forecasting - the Deep Neural Network, or DNN - is itself closely modeled after the architecture of the animal/human brain.