Contemplating the .gif

“In the end, we are self-perceiving, self-inventing, locked-in mirages that are little miracles of self-reference”— Douglas Hofstadter, I Am a Strange Loop p.363

the .gif

.gif: Christopher Walken/Michael Brace and Joe Dorsey/Hal Abramson both experiencing playback in Brainstorm 1983

stills: Joe Dorsey/Hal Abramson splicing tape in order to make a pleasure loop

that he will watch over and over and over and over and over

and over saying later in the film “I’m more than I was.”

a Loop is:

-a continuous sequence of film created by splicing together the end of the film so that it runs in a never-ending circle

-an electronic circle

-a recursive picture

-a self-referential system

-a dragon that continually consumes itself

-the scopophilic instinct and identification to look at = to devour


4 films that foreground the playback loop as significant to the human psyche:

Brainstorm 1983, a team of brilliant researchers have found a way to record and play back the actual experiences of people

Strange Days 1995, a minidisc-like device, a “SQUID’, allows a user to have the same sensory experiences as if in reality

The Cell 2000, a virtual reality device that allows a psychologist to enter into the minds of her patients

Paprika 2006, a device called the “DC Mini” allows the user to view people’s dreams

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