Co-Presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Goethe-Institut Hongkong — Machines Like Us: Desires and Technology in German Cinema 7-10/1/2021 @Louis Koo Cinema, HKAC
Co-Presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Goethe-Institut Hongkong
Machines Like Us: Desires and Technology in German Cinema
January 7 – 10, 2021
Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre
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Co-Presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Goethe-Institut Hongkong, moving image programme Machines Like Us: Desires and Technology in German Cinema takes place at the Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre from 7 to 10 January 2021. Since the invention of the first stone tools nearly two million years ago up to the present digital era, technology has always been the means that humans use to fulfill desires, obtain resources, modify the world and explore possibilities. Film is also one of the means - by cinematically realising imaginations and establishing human connections. Co-presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Goethe-Institut Hongkong, this film showcase serves as an introduction to German science fiction films from the 1920s up till now, and encourages our audience to observe how technologies have evolved over time in cinema and in our greater world to meet human desires. This programme involves discourses on gender, politics, society, culture and other areas over the course of history. While it traces how the ancient dream of creation connects with today’s world, it also illustrates how the human condition and our surroundings have been shaped by technological innovations.
The Golem: How He Came into the World is based on a Jewish folklore, Rabbi Lowe, a magician and master of the Black Art, wants to prevent the persecution of his Jewish people, and creates a giant warrior, the golem, to protect their safety. Commissioned by Goethe-Institut Hongkong, Berlin-based DJ and electronic music composer Jan Brauer will accompany this classic silent movie with a contemporary score. Metropolis depicts the vast gulf that separates classes by describing the future city where humans and robots coexist. The film was one of the most monumental and expensive films of Germany and is among the first features of the sci-fi genre. The story of World on a Wire takes place in the future. The government has a simulation project called Simulacron, which includes an artificial world with over 9,000 identity units who live as avatars that believe themselves to be real people. The technical director of the programme dies in a mystery accident. His successor, Fred Stiller, becomes suspicious of a massive corporate and governmental conspiracy, and starts to wonder about his own humanity and the “real world”. In the Dust of the Stars tells the story of the spaceship Cyrno lands on the planet TEM4 after receiving its call for help, but the Temers deny the call. As commander Akala prepares the spaceship to leave, the ruler of TEM4 invites her and the crew to a lush party. Not only do the opulent food and the seductive dancers cloud their minds, there are also drugs to brainwash them. Only navigator Suko is left behind on the spaceship, and he makes a terrible discovery. Hi, AI portrays two stories about humans and artificially intelligent robots. In the US, Chuck is lonely and picks up a robot girlfriend, Harmony, who is programmed for empathy and compliments. In Japan, grandmother Sakurai is given the childlike robot, Pepper, by her son, so she is less alone. How will we live together with artificial intelligence?
Dr Derek Lam and Professor Dr Gordon Cheng will attend the pre-screening introduction and after-screening talk of Metropolis and Hi, AI to share their insights in the relationship between human desires and intelligent technology in German cinema. Conducted in Cantonese or English. For more programme details, please see below.
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