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Hyper-Reality – by Keiichi Matsuda

The Anglo-Japanese director describes a daily world dominated by technology

2016 | 5 - 10 | Dystopia | Experimental | Life & Society | Sci-Fi | UK

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that technology plays an important role in our lives. A couple of weeks ago my smartphone has made a bad jump in the household plumbing, leaving me a few days disconnected: it was beautiful. I admit that even getting back the phone was comforting.

This empty, but essential premise is important to introduce the short Hyper-Reality by Keiichi Matsuda, a young designer and filmmaker based in London. This short film is part of a series focused on how technology influences our way of being and living. In fact, along with Hyper-Reality there are Domestic Robocop, Augmented City 3D and Domesti/city (the director’s thesis).

The short film is shot entirely in POV and the scene opens in a bus. It’s like being in a videogame with continuous pop-up messages to harass our calm. The protagonist is a young woman who searches on the Internet the answer to one of the principal questions that haunts the human being: who am I? Her aspiration is to become a teacher, but for now is to assist the other in daily errands.

By paying close attention, the super reality that is presented to us is not that “super.” People move with common public transport and shop in common supermarkets. At the same time, however, it’s as if each of them is living in a world of its own, populated with virtual puppies and fictional characters that should respond to their every need. All accompanied by the collection points. The problem arises when even the most advanced technology misfires. In that case they come back in the “normal” world with its “normal” sounds -a relief. But if you are not prepared to deal with all this normality, you have to start praying.

For the fans of dystopian futures, Hyper-Reality definitely makes a significant inspiration. In some ways it may recall the futuristic Minority Report (for the excessive use of technology) and some episodes of Black Mirror, the English series that presents the possible implications of a society dominated by technological narcissism.

Marta Zannoner

Marta Zannoner

Aspirante scrittrice, osservo la realtà spesso distrattamente. Per questo ricorro ai film, per prestare attenzione.

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