The movie I’m most looking forward to, as 2018 unfolds, is ANNIHILATION – Alex Garland’s adaptation for the screen of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. The books feature a woman known as The Biologist. Her field of study is transitional areas; liminal zones where one habitat merges with another, itself a kind of habitat or ecology. Returned from her adventure in the magical realist exclusion zone known as Area X, she’s found standing in a vacant lot. When she’s later held by the Authorities wanting answers to the nature of Area X, the talk by Christopher Brown this post is built around seems exactly the kind of material she’d take comfort in viewing… #thebiologisthasaposse
I’ve been spending the holiday period deep in research mode. Digging into books (and buying more), following up on links, falling down wiki holes and watching related lectures online…
This fascinating, immensely quotable talk by Benjamin Bratton on The Post-Anthropocene offers a vision of a post-human world, and features an elaboration of a non-anthropocentric Artificial Intelligence, all of which challenges the pre-Copernican mindset that is the direct cause of the ruination of this world.
“you play Worldrun, and you learn that you can’t sit on your ass and let things go to hell. You can’t just take a salary, make a profit, be a dead weight in the system.” ~ Islands in the Net