Story Without and End

by People Like Us [aka Vicki Bennett]

Video 2005

Duration
6
Screens
1

"The future can be found in many places. It can be seen reflected in the eyes of those who are privileged to look at it.” The narrative is from a (now) public domain film of the same name made in 1950, about the development of microwave radio transmission and the transistor. What is lovely about viewing this now is the timelessness of the message contained within; the will to find newer, faster ways to communicate. "In my view of the future the novelty will wear off. The instrument will grow light, convenient, and familiar to every hand." With promises of faster connectivity resulting in better productivity and ultimate happiness, aspirations haven't changed that much - just the method by which people try and achieve this goal. "In the laboratories the men who develop new equipment and the men who have to build it are always at work. Not only improving what has been developed, but creating new things as well." In amongst change there are always the very basic fundamental things that make up what it is to be human, the hope to be less isolated and to feel and do more. However, the more we surround ourselves with objects that plug us in, the more we can become disconnected. The tower looms further into the sky but the foundation needs to remain still and intact. Story Without End is a new Sonic Arts Network commissioned short film by Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us) using material from the Prelinger archives and AV Geeks. EDGAR PERA

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