Saturday, February 20, 2016

Tribute to BladeRunner - f3 attends GoldenAge Cinema's rooftop experience!



Anyone reading this will know Bladerunner,   that neo-noir science fiction film influenced by Metropolis and others and one of Ridley Scott’s greatest.
That was 1982. 34 years later and it’s every bit as relevant.
Sydney's Bradbury Bldg
f3 Relationship and Partnerships Director Scott attended an impressive event in Sydney, Australia Feb 20., staged by the creative team at Sydney’s GoldenAge Cinema www.ourgoldenage.com.au
GoldenAge as the name suggests celebrates the timeless cinematic works of art we’ve all known and come to love. This initiative is bold and it is worth paying homage to. One of our genres during the upcoming Hong Kong event will be retro futures.

This cluster looks at how our predecessors perceived and portrayed the future, giving us valuable insight and perspective on our own problems in the present. It also explores how historical images of the future managed to influence or otherwise the future as it unfolded into the present.

Popular it was. All tickets were sold within 4.5 minutes via Eventbrite. Being held on the top two floors of a less-than-esthetically pleasing parking building approaching Chinatown in downtown Sydney meant approvals had to be secured for each and every use. Municipal administration is notoriously reticent with the result that the original planned date late 2015 had to be postponed.
Another challenge in the form of precipitation came close to threatening the event as it started. The numerous rain scenes in the epic nevertheless were re-invoked and we felt did not detract. Plastic ponchos were dispensed to fans and while nothing of the sort appeared in the movie, collectively it did lend to the event overall.
Surrounded by tall buildings, some with neon motifs emblazoned towards their tops with the screen against a similar backdrop lent to the eeriness, especially given that headphones were used by all producing a ‘silent’ cinema.
Fans were greeted at the base of the building by attractive women adorned with the facial ‘warpaint’ of Pris Stratton, the ‘basic pleasure model’ who was legendary in the movie, even if replicants of Roy Batty, played by Rutger Hauer were not in evidence.  More could have been made we felt in this regard.
Fans ascended the building via a fire escape and traversed the final two floors, coming face to face with a laser show, together with dry ice discharging from a number of sources. Albeit lonely, one installation was the work of Freya Jobbins, ‘Plastic Surgeon’ at www.freyajobbins.com
BladeRunner, neo noir, f3, science fiction

Topside revealed the neon which fans will recall from the movie. The giant billboard showing the geisha girl played by Alexis Rhee in a larger affair might have been well received, and in its place was the food servery displaying pastels, and set against a stark skyline.
Beyond this was a couple of installations bringing to mind Matrix more than BladeRunner, but atmospheric all the same.
The original movie used the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles as a key setting. Obviously a city of that size with a not insignificant Chinese population is a superior location but we must be reminded that the makers of Matrix chose Sydney on a number of occasions for that series and we see definite commonalities.

What of the (dreaded) Spinners in BladeRunner? The airborne police craft which maintained or sought to maintain law and order from above?  In a perfect world this would be a job for one or several drones. These were missing this time and we suspect not through lack of trying.

It is significant that it was Shaw Studios, Hong Kong which came to the financial rescue in the early days of production of BladeRunner. f3 maintains a rapport with this studio and it is fitting that our first international event should actually be in Hong Kong SAR, China. Somewhat distant from the city in a place called Telegraph Point is Hong Kong’s “unique creative digital community”, Cyberport. f3 will be bringing media into contact with futurists worldwide as we seek to provoke what the future is, can be and should be. Part of the Cyberport complex is known as the Arcade, a futuristic shopping mall with a large outdoor screen as one of its features. This will appear in the f3 programme, soon to appear on www.f3the-event.com

Sunday, July 21, 2013


Talks in Transit - four sessions held on a RailCorp carriage connecting Object, billed as Australia's leading centre for contemporary design located in Bourke St. Surry Hills, Sydney, with the Powerhouse gallery, approximately one hour away near Liverpool, SW Sydney.
The convenor may be seen here: http://cusp-design.com

The first session, titled Zero Hero vs. The Futurologist, combined Zero-waste crusader Stephen Mushin with futurologist Stuart Candy for a lively inquiry into just whether mankind was in an evolution of revolution process.

The past - present - future continuum was mined for entry points appropriate to 'futurecasting'. Could it not be possible to repurpose the nation's many musuem as 'visionarium' where citizens could gather to ponder 'possible worlds'. The Canadian/US 'Festival of Possible Worlds' shortly to take place squanders perhaps this otherwise potent label where f3 is in the business of encouraging the erection of possible worlds for the future.

Need the setting for pondering these worlds necessarily be static ? Railways in Queensland are giving thought to how best to draw attention to linking assets key to the f3 event to be held in Brisbane September 2014 and we can learn from the Sydney foray.

Designing habitats is a theme dear to Object as it is to Stuard Candy, who has worked with ARUP.
CUSP, Designing into the Next Decade is a team of 'Twelve Australian individuals working on the cusp, exploring the potential of design in our lives'. Several of these have put forward their ideas at the recent TEDx, and one is to appear on the third 'Talks in Transit'.
Object has held 'Termite City' for children which has the young ponder the sophistication of a termite mound and how 'Human cities might be like termite cities one day and we need you to help us design them.'
Termite City is part termite mound, part ancient Roman maze. It’s a massively cool future city designed for kids, and it will be built by kids from thousands of milk crates over four days and decorated with shadow silhouette inhabitants. Think massive lego building, think milk crates on ropes and pulleys, think giant maze, think tiny shadow puppet people, think termites and tunnels, think Termite City.

Friday, December 21, 2012

f3 Potential Location - The Cube QUT


f3 Founder-Curator visited The Cube state of the art media complex at Queensland University of Technology's Gardens Point Campus to discuss the feasibility of an f3 event at this location. The screens here are two 7 m X 7 m interactive screens powered by four projectors. The Cube complex has numerous facilities which can be used for conferences, seminars, outdoor concerts and parties, making it an attractive venue for a future f3 event. —at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Haiku and Flash Fiction - Fragment Fiction


This is a short experimental futuristic animé film by the late Keisuke TAKAHASHI. Keisuke was a student of f3 Founder-Curator at the Future University Hakodate and had great promise as a storyteller and artist. We will never what kind of stories and film he might have made. His themes of alienation, connectedness, Man and God, squeezed into this microcosmic self-analysis of Keisuke’s inner world, exemplify the concerns of Japan’s youth in an increasingly complex world.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

f3 Relationships and Partnerships Director Robert Scott and the 11 Eleven Project



The Relationships and Partnerships director based in Sydney, Australia attended a screening of the '11ElevenProject' one year after its inception on 11 November 2011.

The 11ElevenProject is a movement of thinkers and storytellers who have 'brought the world together, even if only for one day', amounting to a stocktake of where the world stood on a given moment. This 'state of the planet' is reminiscent of Life in a Day, a documentary which showed at the Sundance Film Festival by Hollywood director Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott in which thousands of YouTube videos capturing a single day around the world were submitted to YouTube and distilled to become a whole. It differs in that it rallies people worldwide on its anniversary for something of a reality check in what could be called a visual time capsule.
Five categories or media are available: sound, text, film, photography, music through which a snapshot is taken of the human condition.

In the pre-UGC (User Generated Content) era, there was Baraka, a mosaic of mankind engaging with his planet. Naqoygatsi depicted 'life as war' shortly after and more recently, French director Yann Arthus-Bertran gave us Home which showed us how the planet was getting on despite, or because of man.
UGC has produced a great Cambrian explosion of life as we rush to capture the moment. Most of us now have the freedom to say what we want to say, and to say it how we want to say it.
But 11Eleven succeeds in what comes next, prolonging the discourse. We are literally called to account once a year and asked to record that which must be celebrated in life. Scott came away smiling in the sense that the bedrock of society, the social fabric had not, it seemed, been ruptured. While all was not rosy, optimism was definitely a theme of the movie.

The project's creative director, Danielle Lauren speaks of 'advancement of global change and a positive future for all' and 'reclaiming our humanity – owning our mistakes and working towards ensuring a better future for all'. While not promising any given future above another, f3 through the visual medium of the moving picture promises to fix a gaze on a number of futures, to then encapsulate each and to subsequently plot a course in a given direction. Importantly, f3 will forge the link beyond, way beyond the film itself.

The objectives common to f3 and its Los Angeles partner F2 are:

1. Promotion of preferable global human and non-human futures.
2. The tendering of alternative models of being, doing and having.
3. Raising the consciousness of audiences vis-à-vis the central thematic of futures thinking and praxis.
4. Inspiring post-media behavior with futures-beneficial outcomes.

At the inaugural event taking place Northern Hemisphere Autumn of 2013, film will be married forever to transmedia as participants - no longer called the audience - forge and embrace new realities.

For reference we present two Youtube videos of the project which itself may be found at www.11elevenproject.com

Original premier

Creative Revolution metaphor

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Retro Futures in Asia - f3 project at the Northern Museum of Visual Culture


The Northern Museum of Visual Culture
Saturday, November 10 2012 at the Museum

I met with executives (left, Yumi WADA – Administrative Director and book publisher; middle, Kenji TAKAMURA – Museum Director; and right, Nanae ARATAME – head of Promotions) from The Northern Museum of Visual Culture – 北の映像ミュージアム – Saturday November 10 to discuss possible collaborations between f3 futures film festival and their Museum. The Director, Kenji TAKAMURA is a cinema researcher and veritable walking encyclopedia when it comes to the global cinema industry. His interest in our f3 project has ignited a new ecology of possibilities for developing a Japanese f3 project – possibly starting in Sapporo. At this initial stage, our discussions suggest that an effective way to promote the project in Japan is for myself to give a presentation at the Museum about my experiences as a futurist and filmmaker in Hokkaido, in which I would introduce f3 as one project in our overall portfolio. The second stage would be to stage an actual micro-f3 – also at the Museum – with a select crowd of local and international guests. Just what this micro-f3 would entail is something that we need to design. My sense is to aim for a one-day event, screening 4-6 representative futures films over a broad spectrum of the 20 or so film categories we have conceived, a simple wine and cheese party, a modest panel discussion focusing on the nature and significance of the films shown, and an outline of the greater f3 futures film festival concept and its future directions.


Friday, November 9, 2012

The F2/f3 Concept




F2/f3 is a film and transmedia based festival sharply focused on the theme of ‘futures’.

It will include a comprehensive line-up of futures-oriented media productions
from major sci-fi films; to made-for-TV shows; futures simulations;
retro-future science fiction films; youth-produced futures films; 'prophetical' experimental films; all with a strong focus on the nature of what the future was, is, can be, should and should not be.

F2/f3 is to be an annual event which will spawn an ‘ambulant’ film festival staged in several locations around the world to further the discourse.

F2/f3 will take place as the central event of a portfolio of ‘collaborative events’ such as the future of food in Uberfoods, Fusik.

In a global market with thousands of existing film festivals vying for attention, F2/f3 will stand out as the most provocative seeking to transform our perceptions of the future one story, one image, one meme at a time!