Category Archives: Art

Congruence [Poem]

Beneath the night’s sky… / The lights just fell asleep.

The city is so silent / The silence is so deep..

The fog of winter sings / A sinister embrace,

Just shadows of the membrane / Dark figures without face.

A colorblind newborn / With implants of vague hope,

With holographic dreams / And circuits, plastic, rope…

An ever-beating heart / A never-ending night.

A call for endless fight / Believing what is right..

Time unexpectedly stops… / This web is filled with fright.

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Odd Worlds

Star dust. And nothingness.

A silence of surreal nature.

Bright sparkles into the depths of darkness.

They call them stars.

Little children of creation, velocity and expanded universality.

Principles of momentum. Delays and time-evading scenery.

Paradox. And Space.

Ambiance.

Cyberpunk Mind-trip: Cycle 1.0 – Optimal Sync

The notions presented here come together as a series of articles called Cyberpunk Mind-trip. Here I will present notions, theories, arguments, detailed facts and other perceptions upon the cyberpunk genre as seen in literature, film and in the gaming industry – also as a potential existential phenomenon.

I’ve always been attracted to new technological advances, a world of neons and lights underneath a digital sky, how electric devices can offer new perspectives upon the surrounding realities and how the human mind is able to produce ideas about what the future can hold.

Although nowadays it isn’t a very popular genre – the cyberpunk movement was a “big thing” in the late ’80s. Dreaming of machines doing everything, androids and robots achieving self-awareness and huge cities with flying cars and holographic ads were some concepts that in the young mind and not only – created a cascade of reachable possibilities.

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The expansion of arcades, new technologies used in film for creating science-fiction titles, books as Neuromancer by William Gibson – achieved something that at the time was a launching pad for future developments.

Recently I’ve played Observer – a psychological horror game – set in a cyberpunk world – which hold the clichéic key element of high tech – low life. I will write an entire guide/conceptual review of the game as part of these cyberpunk themed articles, taking notes as I will play it once more – I guess starting this night.

It is commonly known that these futuristic imagined worlds in the cyberpunk genre are filled with technologies which seem impossible but the social development has drastically been reduced to a pile of filth and ignorance. Because of the their modified bodies and minds – people often forget what they are. There is a pointed-out problem with overpopulation – and the cities in this lucid-dreamed future are filled with old, forgotten, rotting nuances of trash.

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Pollution, smoke and fog, rain, dark skies – the climate is not depicted very friendly. It seems that life was only able to carry on because of the genetic modifications and the bio-hacking procedures.

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Not only cyberpunk is a genre – it is also a futuristic lineament of a culture. It comes with its own ideas, rules and regulations.

The dystopian procedure.

Big corporations – an Illuminati of digitalism risen above the perverted, mocked-up society of enhancements.

One notion that is strongly associated with the culture is tech literacy. You got to know your devices, your code and hacking tools.

Because it is Cyber-Punk – an anti-authoritarian movement is in order to be implemented. This comes also with vision and uniqueness when choosing the clothing styles. A combination of surreal and bio-mechanical outfits rule the scenery.

There could be filled volumes with the analysis of the outside aspects of the genre. But keeping things much simpler is the best way to understand a culture and all it’s subcultures and ramifications.

We can break down a basic definition of cyberpunk by dissecting the word itself. Cyber refers to technology, and is most often associated with cyberspace (this word was originally coined by William Gibson himself), and cybernetic enhancements to the body. But this can can also refer to other technologies such as biotechnology and nanotechnology for instance.

Punk, on the other hand, refers to the people and the attitude that cyberpunk has. Protagonists in cyberpunk tend to be outsiders, anti-heroes, outcasts, criminals, visionaries, dissenters, and misfits. The underlying aspect that applies to all of these groups is their subversive nature.

Popular in media are printed works as Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Drive by William Gibson, the Eclipse Trilogy by John Shirley, anime works as Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Ergo Proxy, Serial Experiments Lain, movies like Blade Runner and its sequel Blade Runner 2049, Hackers, Robocop.

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Also the gaming industry came with a set of titles like Observer (as seen above), Deus Ex, System Shock, Oni, Cypher and others like the long awaited and not yet released Cyberpunk 2077.

As a general statement cyberpunk is collection of wires inducing violet dreams.

It has associated  a palette of colors varying from purple to green and from light blue to turquoise. Also the music associated with it ranges from static ambience and city sounds to electrifying beats and even dubstep-ish wobbles.

The future articles will cover essential reading, short movies and big-screens films, games, other important aspects of the culture, music mixes, fashion trends and more. For now you can begin exploring more of the cyberpunk world with this music mix.

 

 

Nekojiru-sou [Conceptual Review]

As an anime fan, I dwell into shows that are purely amazing. Genres like psychological, horror, thriller, dementia and drama are my favorites [as stated many, many times before]. And here I am watching Nekojiru-sou, on a Monday at job :)) [because why not].

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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 21, 2001
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Duration: 32 min.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

 

This title embarks you into a world of surreal tenderness, depictions of imagination and strange facts.

 

[SPOILERS AHEAD!]

 

We assist to a death scene from almost the very beginning. It is told ritualistically, using a process of three steps. The soul of the poor cat leaves her body after three blinkings, and the forth times she sees death coming for her.

 

Her brother, after seeing his sister leaving with death, he tries to save her soul from death, and rips apart that aura of her substantiality, making his sister – a shell of her former self. He gains one part of her soul. Death leaves with the other part.

 

The story-telling process is a complex one.

 

There are humans depicted as elements in an absurd existence, strange characters, like the cloud-bird in the circus, which is used as a metaphor for cruelty towards animals in a circus. We have God who cuts a female into pieces and puts her together using a spell – which is an epithet for religious expression. Then comes the Noe’s Ark scene, in which humanity brought doom upon themselves – as the official story tells – and not that the nature’s wrath was beyond control in a moment of this planet’s history.

 

Elements like this are detailing the course of the story written here.

 

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Strange things begin to happen after the waters evaporate. We have elements of voodoo – in which one characters is sewing up parts of corpses to create a sort of community from dead “things”, excessive violence, graphic depictions of gross and unussual behavior.

 

The tones used are pale, almost rotting, creating a perfect ambiance and an atmosphere for this ilogical and irrational tale of unreason.

 

One scene in particular was a favorite of mine. I would call it terror-punk subgenre [if that even exists], in which a man with bdsm inclinations is trying to kill our protagonists, but ends up chopped-up by our beloved cute friends. The OVA is produced in such a manner in which the cuteness is very well fusioned with the acts of brutality and tragedies of the story.

 

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Another thing that is very pleasant and demads gratitude is the imagination of the author, used professionally in creating situations and characters out-of-this world. Like the water-elephant or the abstract art used in the backgrouds with a note of H. P. Lovecraft phenomena.

 

The paradox of time, stopping it, fastforwarding it, elements of the Darwinist theory, mechanisms of life, the evolution of life, historical moments, and the traditional japanese lifestyle – all in one creation.

 

 I recommend the title for its originality. Score 5/5.

Sakura -Japan in the Box-

The Meijiza Theater from Tokyo has a history of 140 years of art performing.

People had enjoyed different forms of acting throughout the Meiji, Taisho, Showa and the Heisei Eras. Kabuki shows but also newer forms of theater are shown to the public. And recently a new idea and an innovative form of acting can be enjoyed here at nighttime.

I am talking about the show called Sakura – Japan in the Box. This performance blends Japanese traditional arts like acting, dancing and playing various instruments with modern pop culture, anime and games. The performance is also being synchronized with projections of different animated pieces. It is meant for local and foreign public, and therefore, little dialogue is used.

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The show is a spectacular game of colors, motions, traditional japanese instruments – that culminate with feelings, absorbtion into the story. The performing act has to be synchronized with the animation shown in the background – therefore a lot of effort was put into the work of the actors and the producers.

This is a story about Sakura – a girl who is living her daily routine without something special attached to it. But one day – an encounter with a mysterious fox changes everything. She is taken on a journey across time and space – she meets the spirits of the four seasons:

– The Spirit of the Spring, Miyabi

– The Spirit of Summer, Choco

– The Spirit of Autumn, Rin

– The Spirit of Winter, Setsuna

The show is a compilation of kabuki, taiko players, shamisen players, sword fights and some beautiful animations that make the story powerful.

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