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[BCM 325] Iterations, Developments & Nova: Making my DA Beta!

Hey there,

Below is a video outlining the progression of my Digital Artefact over the past couple of weeks!

https://videopress.com/v/FLrbEIIi

As you can see, my Digital Artefact has undergone a number of significant alterations which I feel will help to increase the utility of my final video essay is a source of information for avid science-fiction academics, enthusiasts and even those who may simply be interested in the use of nova to speculate about the future in the next 5, 10, 50 years or beyond. While my DA is aimed at a hugely active audience, it should be noted that the audience itself is relatively niche and consumes content that is unique and highly specialised.

Overall, I happy with the trajectory of my DA and I feel that I have successfully incorporated feedback into the iteration process. It is my goal to continue researching and publish a draft ‘script’ of my video essay on my blog in the near future to permit further feedback prior to uploading the final version to Youtube.

I am excited to explore the representation of nova and other similar concepts to begin to understand their value in engaging with the future in the upcoming weeks!

Until then,

-Josh

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Hey there!

Below is a video outlining the progression of my Digital Artefact over the past couple of weeks!

As you can see, my Digital Artefact has undergone a number of significant alterations which I feel will help to increase the utility of my final video essay is a source of information for avid science-fiction academics, enthusiasts and even those who may simply be interested in the use of nova to speculate about the future in the next 5, 10, 50 years or beyond. While my DA is aimed at a hugely active audience, it should be noted that the audience itself is relatively niche and consumes content that is unique and highly specialised.

Overall, I happy with the trajectory of my DA and I feel that I have successfully incorporated feedback into the iteration process. It is my goal to continue researching and publish a draft ‘script’ of my…

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The Beating Heart of the Metropolis

Lovecraft and cyberpunk intersect through a few key themes. These exist as more of a web than a list, so I’ll do my best to explain my thoughts on them as I go.

> Cosmic Horror

The idea of nihilism – that nothing you do could possibly matter – is the first one I would tackle in order to build an atmospheric foundation for my work. Lovecraft’s cosmic horror plays on our fear of the unknown, the unknowable, and the universe’s indifference. This is the core of weird fiction, when applied subtly. The most straightforward way to transpose this onto a cyberpunk setting is through a metropolis which functions as a microcosm of Lovecraft’s universe-spanning horror. Manifestations of the nihilism that comes with cosmic horror in cyberpunk include rampant drug culture and escapism, as well as human redundancy with androids and AI.

> Magic and Technology

The second issue to look at is a balance between magic and technology – or fantasy and science fiction. This is a particularly cyberpunk theme that has parallels in Lovecraft. The futuristic technologies that exist in cyberpunk spaces act as a necronomicon of sorts – a technology with fundamental importance yet unknown breadth.

> The City’s Beating Heart

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I dove into the idea of a “living city” as a starting point for my visual experiments with intersecting cyberpunk and Lovecraft. Though it’s a lot more straightforward than much of Lovecraft’s nuanced weird fiction, which relies far more on uncertainty, this kind of visualisation is an important part of the experimentation process. The top of the image is obscured in smog and darkness – it is distant, crowded, and cold. The closer you get to the bottom, the more vibrant it becomes – and more disorganised and slum-like. This is where the life is; the warm bodies on cold ground. Up the top exist the people with a voice but no ears, and down the bottom exist the people with ears but no voice.

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