“Sight”: An Amazing Short Film on Solipsism and Technology

Posted: August 15, 2012 in Dystopia, Film
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I was just clued in to this provocative video by the good people over at The Teeming Brain. I rarely watch short films anymore, but this makes me think I should reconsider that decision. Definitely watch the video BEFORE you read their commentary . . . I’m not offering any analysis here, but would be interested in people’s reactions.

  1. owl says:

    This is super cool and also disturbing. I would be lying if I claimed horror at the idea of a plain room with empty bookcases and blank walls. As alienating as it is from “nature” and from experiencing connection, there is something weirdly creative and possible about immersive virtuality too. But I need to watch the film again and think more. Thank you for sharing.

    • nightwork says:

      I’m with you on the possibilities of the plain room in theory. There’s an obvious link between it and older things like meditation, sensory deprivation, hallucinogenics, and even just sublime settings, euphoric moments, or a blank page to fill that can allow for creative mental play. The questions for me are: how that play develops in practice, the degree of user freedom or control (versus designed and ideological structure), and duration (or repetition) in relation to physically “real” interactions. For me, the scenario in the film has questionable engagement in all three of these categories that raises important and unresolved points about our increasingly immersive media technology.

      The video definitely calls for repeat viewing, and I’m not sure how I’d write it up critically (thus the lack of analysis here).

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