Civilization Noir

Folklore Confronting the Failures of the Enlightenment & Industrial Revolution

This was a project Kortina and I worked on together as a part of our yearly seminar for MIT's IAP. It's a fun time for use hosting these, and we've had a lot of good conversations within them centered somewhere around computation, ai, work, dignity, and sociology. This year's was particularly fun for us since we like film, and had wanted to try to make a film essay related to things we've been thinking about.

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The accelerating pace of technological change and global connectivity has enabled a great deal of progress, but has required increasingly complex systems for organizing modern civilization.

Neither technology itself nor the twentieth century institutions of media, finance, and government seem to offer much hope for making sense of the inscrutable structures that dictate much of our lives, so we’re left searching for a modern folklore that can provide some form of understanding and meaning.

Perhaps noir can offer us some clues as we face these dilemmas of modernity.

Credits civilization noir CONFRONTING THE FAILURES OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT & INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION written & edited by ROBERT CHEUNG & ANDREW KORTINA part i. LA JETEE (1962) THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) ALPHAVILLE (1965) VIVRE SA VIE (1962) HER (2013) THE GREAT BEAUTY (2013) INHERENT VICE (2014) part ii. THE BIG SLEEP (1946) BLOW OUT (1981) TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR COMMUTE youtu.be/XB2g7-HgE_g WARTIME NUTRITION (1943) youtu.be/yQ8Wq7VNHHg THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956) WOMAN IN THE DUNES (1946) COULD INDOOR FARMING HELP ADDRESS FOOD SHORTAGES? youtu.be/7J9f59usLfI TRIPLE E CONTAINER SHIP MADISON MAERSK FULLY LOADED INBOUND INTO FELIXSTOWE, UK (JUNE 26, 2015) youtu.be/BfMJqjoOIug EXTREMME [SIC] ENGINEERING: SHANGHAI TOWER - DOCUMENTARY [HD] youtu.be/vMkHvLnhJxc CRISPR IN CONTEXT: THE NEW WORLD OF HUMAN GENETIC ENGINEERING youtu.be/RNRZchHaKgw POWER OF THE MARKET - THE PENCIL youtu.be/R5Gppi-O3a8 OVERLORD (1975) SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (2008) ABRAHAM'S SACRIFICE - HOLY TALES BIBLE STORIES - ABRAHAM AND THE SACRIFICE OF ISAAC youtu.be/uof6QNKfooA BLACK FRIDAY STAMPEDE youtu.be/aeSgBL7gpAk part iii. THE MATRIX (1999) THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) PRESIDENT REAGAN'S ADDRESS TO THE NATION ON IRAN-CONTRA AFFAIR FROM THE OVAL OFFICE, AUGUST 12, 1987 youtu.be/DJ_7ZhpLS80 CITIZEN KANE (1941) PORCO ROSSO (1992) THE GREAT BEAUTY (2013) ALPHAVILLE (1965) VIVRE SA VIE (1962) GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995) CITIZEN KANE (1941) ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (1984) 25% OFF BLACK FRIDAY (FOR THE HOUSE) | BED BATH & BEYOND youtu.be/61MyaCwjarM 14 BIG PLANE LANDINGS - AIRBUS A380, BOEING 767, B787 (4K) youtu.be/dt8KuKe1bfk PRESIDENT TRUMP: RUSSIA REPORTS ARE 'FAKE NEWS' youtu.be/J-Q_KjyShxU SEATTLE 3 YEAR TIME-LAPSE VIDEO FROM THE SPACE NEEDLE youtu.be/-2MTiUGvqyE EXCLUSIVE: PAYING CASH, LIVING WITHOUT FEAR, EDWARD SNOWDEN ON DAILY LIFE IN RUSSIAN EXILE youtu.be/IrJtaWsNffY THE NIGHTMARE VIDEOS OF CHILDRENS' YOUTUBE — AND WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE INTERNET TODAY | JAMES BRIDLE youtu.be/v9EKV2nSU8w STYLEGAN2 INTERPOLATION LOOP youtu.be/6E1_dgYlifc GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995) TAXI DRIVER (1976) part iv. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) PI (1998) LA JETEE (1962) CHINATOWN (1974) JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 COMMERCE QUAY, 1080 BRUSSELS (1976) FIGHT CLUB (1999) BLADE RUNNER (1982) ALPHAVILLE (1965) NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007) THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) INHERENT VICE (2014) TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) ACE IN THE HOLE (1951) PRESIDENT REAGAN'S ADDRESS TO THE NATION REGARDING THE TOWER COMMISSION REPORT, MARCH 4, 1987 youtu.be/j2Ic4_EaC0s part v. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007) DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) FARGO (1996) PERFECT BLUE (1997) AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) ACE IN THE HOLE (1951) NIGHTCRAWLER (2014) part vi. AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) TAXI DRIVER (1976) JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 COMMERCE QUAY, 1080 BRUSSELS (1976) ACE IN THE HOLE (1951) NIGHTCRAWLER (2014) PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE HIGHLIGHTS: CLINTON AND TRUMP TRADE BLOWS – VIDEO youtu.be/DBhrSdjePkk AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) FIGHT CLUB (1999) BLADE RUNNER (1982) SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (2008) INHERENT VICE (2014) FITZCARRALDO (1982) THE GREAT BEAUTY (2013) PI (1998) music MOSTLY FROM THE ABOVE FILMS also KENJI KAWAI - MAKING OF CYBORG, FROM GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995) and ALGORITHMICALLY GENERATED TRACKS FROM https://github.com/kousun12/eternal Copyright © 2020 Robert Cheung & Andrew Kortina.