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Self-Contradictory and Extremely Neutral

by Peter Sigrist

This video, posted yesterday on Filep Motwary's site, brings to mind Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi Trilogy. Tilda Swinton moves through city environments in shy bewilderment. There is an urban golf scene (though not quite the adventurous urban golf featured recently on Pruned). There is also a sadness, or a view of cities as fast-paced, damaging, and unnatural. Here is a more playful perspective:

RMB City is a Second Life animation directed by Cao Fei (aka China Tracy), with music by ME:MO. It is described as "a series of new Chinese fantasy realms that are highly self-contradictory, inter-permeative, laden with irony and suspicion, extremely entertaining and pan-political." This video strikes me as a refreshing view of urbanization, aware of the problems as well as the magic.

Credits: Video of The Box, by Orbital, from lindol90. Video of RMB City by China Tracy.