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From Sci-Fi Fantasies to Scientific Facts and Back: Yin-Ju Chen

I would like to talk about three influential movies that have spurred my artistic practice in recent years. They are 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), For All Mankind (1989), and THX 1138 (1971) 1. 2001: A Space Odyssey The first time I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey was during an unbearably hot summer in Taipei in 2000. I inserted the VCD into my computer, and the long black intro with weird music was the first thing that struck me. After the intro and title card, for 20 minutes, all I saw were apes. I immediately lost interest and moved on to the next movie. I did not think about this movie anymore. 10 years later, because of my new interest in making science fiction videos and installations, I picked up this “bible” again. I projected it onto my studio wall, and this time it completely haunted me. Except for chapter two “TMA-1” and the scary infant (star child) at the end, I was totally enthralled. While watching For All Mankind, I learned that 2001 was made before the moon landing, and this made me admire the movie even more. I went back and checked every single space shot in 2001, to double-check that I actually did not see any “blue planet” images in the movie. Because I was born way after the moon landing, the image of the blue Earth was naturally installed into my brain system. I “thought” I had seen the image of the earth in 2001, but I actually did not. After... Read More..