Anonymous asked: hi! i've been very interested in robot/cyborg aesthetics lately(your blog has been a good visual too for me) and i was wondering if you had any recomendations(book or movie,whatever) that helped formed your ideas about these things. thank you~~
My interests have never truly aspired to the engineered purity of the machines, but Transmetropolitan clued me into the visual anarchy of 23rd century filth and depravation. It’s a riot. Find it. Own it.
I’ve finally gotten around finishing Richard K. Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs trilogy, which takes place in the 26th century.
Transhumanism and (im)mortality manifest in fascinating ways across the socioeconomic spectrum: the illicit and bestial augmentations among the criminal class; the fantasy-roulette surface states of sex workers; the two-time life insurance policies of the middle class; the wealthy’s accessibility to several lifetimes in top-engineered flesh suits.
It’s a pretty fascinating and frightening dissection of speculative technology, and how it’s implemented in everything from fashion and aesthetics, to drug-use and pornography, to entertainment and nightlife, to the surveillance of public/cerebral spaces, to judicial incarceration and interrogation, blah blah blah, it’s awesome read read read.
Anyway, I’ve petered myself out expounding rather than recommending, so here, and here.
Drakynoch’s given me some really great, trippy movies to watch, so when I’m finished with those, I’ll most likely relay the experience.