TRANSCENDENCE (PFISTER, 2014)
Location: IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture
The second film of the Impakt Film Club will be Transcendence (Wally Pfister, 2014), introduced by Anneke Smelik, professor of Visual Culture at Radboud University Nijmegen. The introduction will be in English, the discussions after the screening will be in Dutch and/or English, depending on the audience.
– Pizza meet-up: 18.00h*
Not joining for pizza?
– Introduction: 19:00
– Start film: 19:30
*If you want to join us for pizza, please send us an email (deadline: September 23rd 16:00!) and don’t forget to bring cash.
Fee: 4 euros
Dr Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him.
However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. (Source)
About Anneke Smelik:
Anneke Smelik is professor of Visual Culture at Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands). She is the coordinator of the MA programme ‘Creative Industries’. She (co )edited, amongst others, Performing Memory in Art and Popular Culture; The Scientific Imaginary in Visual Culture; Technologies of Memory in the Arts; and Bits of Life: Feminism at the Intersections of Media, Bioscience, and Technology. She is the author of several books in Dutch on topics relating to visual culture, including a book on cyborgs in popular culture.