The City is the world, a world filled with NOISE––a virtual ocean, a digital jungle. Set in and around a dystopian fictionalized City in the year 2035, unemployment, class warfare, and hyper-commerce provide the social backdrop in which a job-hungry data-miner, David Phoenix, attempts to survive. A CITY TO MAKE ME follows the psychological journey of a man exposed to deep politics and dark power as he becomes a Transhuman agent for the revolution, fighting against an all-powerful corporation on the verge of total information control.



Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Simian's Lair...

The latest kick-ass cityscape from Scott Richard. We're just so thrilled to have him working with us!


A CITY TO MAKE ME" is a film about the following... (a manifesto)


"A CITY TO MAKE ME" is a film about the following...

1) TECHNOLOGY: The Singularity is a concept put forth by Ray Kurzweil.  It is an extension of current trends, whereby bio-tech, communication, and information technologies intertwine at exponential rates of synthesis, synergizing into a reality beyond our current levels of understanding.  It is a reality which moves even faster, which demands even MORE of our attention, our outward gaze.  The march towards this 'brand' of future will be facilitated by humans which have everything to gain from fusing their bodies, their consciousness, and their wallets with the spread of these technological solutions.  In short, it will be fueled by those people who have ACCESS to the technology.

2) CLASS WAR:  This "Singularity" will not happen equally for everyone.  It will happen for those who can afford the technology.  It will create new technological oligarchies.  It will further divide the haves from the have-nots. It will accentuate and accelerate and deepen a GLOBAL class war, which we're seeing already, all over the world.  I am not anti-technology or anti-evolution. However, I am very much aware of the dark-side of a world in which consciousness is increasingly infiltrated by 'mediated content.' Corporate controlled networks plugged directly into brains, on a global scale. What could go wrong? This dark side of our gleaming techno-future, the proverbial DEATHSTAR, is the direct corporate control of consciousness through implanted technologies.

3) THE WAR FOR YOUR MIND: Some people argue whether or not we're already in WWIII or WWIV, but what they're getting at is this: we are living through a pervasive war of information, of concepts, of ideas within the minds of people.  We are witnessing, more now than ever, a war for the consciousness of humanity and what DEFINES humanness.

What is the new paradigm being advertised, seeping its way into the cool new chic?  The new paradigm is the virtualization of our lived experience. The corporatization of this new paradigm is a given. It has already begun, and is increasingly profitable, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Electronic Arts.
The more we become virtualized, the greater extent to which our intellectual and personal lives become 4th quarter profits for a laundry list of companies. The very same companies, and culture of companies, cheerleading our Transhuman future, are the ones who stand to gain from total access to our virtual migration. The important questions moving forward are these: "Are we helping to create a culture of commodified consciousness?" "Who benefits?" "How is our quality of life impacted?"

4) HUMANITY TRANSFORMED: Since the formation of our concept of human spirituality, the leaders and shamans of these processes moved their people towards an inward journey.  Jesus emphasized compassion and empathy.  Buddha and Yogic masters moved through their human desire into greater self-knowledge and, ultimately, into bliss.  Aborigine and Native American animist traditions saw a 'life-soul,' and lessons to be learned, within all living things. All of these traditions devoted themselves, through inner reflection, upon the lessons of life experience. A critical problem with virtualization technologies is their outward focus, their incessant outward gaze, and their endless access to external information. This ceaseless barrage of externalized information numbs our desire, and our perceived need for, reflection. Socially, culturally, we're already becoming anoetic consumers of a market-driven virtual paradigm. Are we at the point of no return, then? Is this the point in human history where reflection, an inward, personal journey, is already 'dated.' Is this condition the beginning of our transition into the Transhuman?

Is anoesis the universal condition of The Singularity?

RM, 2011