Claire Levans

Season 2008 Episode 08.19.08

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Daisy-chain of "hyperspace" scenes from films. A collaboration with Mike Merrill. The hyperspace is an enduring concept in science fiction, as it provides a kind of panacea for all conflict. The slip into hyperspace/warp speed as a plot device is ordinarily used either as a) An accidental tunnel to the unknown, or B) An escape from danger via total oblivion. Both represent an inversion, or temporary lifting, of the accepted order. It's interesting to note that hyperspaces aren't native to outer space -- we see them in films like Altered States and Freejack as wormholes into profound "inner" or mental space. The function is the same, probably because hyperspace is a fictional concept native to the psychedelic experiences of the human mind, one that has been ported over to sci-fi because of its more or less universal capacity to be understood.moreless

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