Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Robots of Brixton

Robots of Brixton from Kibwe Tavares on Vimeo.

Interesting and thought-provoking film. The idea that socio/economic and even racial tension could transverse into robotic society seems completely absurb today. Perhaps in a not-too-distant future, it won't. After all, don't we already think of machines as inferior, throw away devices to be used as we wish?

Brixton has degenerated into a disregarded area inhabited by London's new robot workforce - robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks which humans are no longer inclined to do. The mechanical population of Brixton has rocketed, resulting in unplanned, cheap and quick additions to the skyline.

The film follows the trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment. When the Police invade the one space which the robots can call their own, the fierce and strained relationship between the two sides explodes into an outbreak of violence echoing that of 1981.

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