Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Naqoyqatsi

Still at work on my Social Studies of Information, Technology and Knowledge syllabus, I went looking for when Naqoyqatsi was due to be released on DVD (in June, it seems, which is good). I haven't decided if there should just be discussion, or if students should have to write a critical review - but either way, the film offers much to think about and debate.

From director Godfrey Reggio's statement on the film:

By any measure, we live in an extraordinary and extreme time. Language can no longer describe the world in which we live. With antique ideas and old formulas, we continue to describe a world that is no longer present. In this loss of language, the word gives way to the image as the 'language' of exchange, in which critical thought disappears to a diabolic regime of conformity - the hyper-real, the omnipresent image. Language, real place gives way to numerical code, the real virtual; metaphor to metamorphosis; body to disembodiment; natural to supernatural; many to one. Mystery disappears, replaced by the illusion of certainty in technological perfection.

You can watch the trailer here, and the Web site has a lovely interactive feature where you can combine still images from the film into a narrative, comment on them, and post them.

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