WEDNESDAY 11TH AUGUST | 21:30

Regisseur Lawrence Lek

Lengte 48m + 82m

Jaar 2017 + 2019

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Space Is the Place is the first film of our sixth Zomeravond (Summer Evening), in theme of: Afro- and Sinofuturism. For the full summer programme, see kriterion.nl/zomer2021


Set in China in 2065, this double feature explores two visions of autonomous and creative artificial intelligence.

GEOMANCER

In Geomancer (2017), Lawrence Lek imagines creative awakening of an artificial intelligence: an autonomous satellite with the dream of becoming the first AI artist. Geomancer imagines the crisis that might happen when the world has become a techno-industrial complex run by a post-human intelligence, and creative originality is no longer be considered that special.

AIDOL

The second CGI feature AIDOL (2019) tells the story of a fading superstar, Diva, who enlists an aspiring AI songwriter to mount a comeback performance at the 2065 eSports Olympic finale. Set in a smoke-and-mirrors realm of fantastical architecture, sentient drones and snow-deluged jungles, AIDOL revolves around the long and complex struggle between humanity and Artificial Intelligence. Fame – in all its allure and emptiness – is set against the bigger contradictions of a post-AI world, a world where originality is sometimes no more than an algorithmic trick and where machines have the capacity for love and suffering.

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