Cosmarxpolitan, Issue 5
Your va-jay-jay called! It wants to talk about anarcho-syndicalism
Another short from my class materials. I was more intrigued by this short than the others because the topic is immediate. Life in the film is basically life as we know it now.
Things I thought while watching: do we use technology to escape technology? Can we? How?
Bendito Machine III had an element of comedy. This one does not.
It’s like a visual summary of Feed, a book I read in high school (just for fun). But I refuse to believe that this is the future of humanity. We made the machines; we could turn them off. I guess the danger is we might not want to.
1. Cute. Is meeting through a magic bag sort of like internet dating?
2. Her hair is always blowing in the wind. Even inside.
3. Utopian or dystopian? I guess that depends on my mood, since the ending is in itself a new beginning. Perhaps utopian, since they can’t see each other through the bag - no filtering for physical appearance. But on the other hand, the relationship is still not face-to-face, if that’s still of value. But on yet another hand, what’s so bad about that?
4. Find it here.
First lesson: this short. The silhouetted figures are beautiful, but their master-slave relationship with technology is ugly. The landfill/graveyard of old technology reminded me of Wasteland, a documentary about art and trash and rebirth in Brazil. Bendito Machine III explores the same themes, albeit shorter and animated, but instead of using technology/art to build community and improve lives, the tech in BM3 fosters individualism and destruction. Whatever falls from the sky becomes their new god - Facebook/Twitter/Instragram much? All the tech in BM3 seems malicious - but how can that be? It’s just machine, right?
…and I’m doing more of it in my new course E-Learning and Digital Cultures. Appropriately, it’s an online class. Exploring utopian and distopian themes through short films? Yes please!
This is one of the cards sex workers in South Africa can give to police officers to assert their rights. In a recent study by the Women’s Legal Centre and SWEAT, approximately 70 percent of sex workers report being abused by police. Image by Melissa Turley. South Africa, 2012.