Piotr Kamler – Une Mission Ephémère (1993)

July 1st, 2012

An explicit examination of interaction, from Polish animator Piotr Kamler — this is a reprise of many of the themes of his earlier work since the 1970s, going so far as to reuse models from his 1982 opus Chronopolis.

It certainly recalls very accurately the sense of whimsical vertigo seen in late 70s and early 80s illustration, as particularly exemplified by Moebius, La Planète Sauvage, and their ilk — the horror of interface design. Charming-looking mechanisms with coy personalities are always in danger of reacting poorly to manipulation, rising up in Lovecraftian ways and overwhelming the user. I suppose it all boils down to drugs and the Other eventually.

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