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Changing or forgetting the past, in the future?

March 27, 2010

Lola Rennt directed by Wim Wenders

What if in the future we can erase, forget or change our past? What if we can go back in time, and make up for everything we have done wrong. Or change things, so we will be happier in the future? Or forget just completely what happend, who we are, and where we come from. Than we are able to start from scratch whenever we like. Would we or wouldn’t we?

The Butterfly Effect directed by Erick Bress and J. Mackye Gruber

A Clockwork Orange directed by Stanley Kubrick

Lola Rennt and The Butterfly Effect are films that are about changing or erasing the past in the present.

How realistic will this be in the future? Is it possible to make an interactive installation, to let someone experience the different stories of his or her past and the following outcomes and consequences? Or let a person experience how his or her life will look like by erasing or changing a experience? Playing with perspective and framing. What is logical for a certain person to have happend on a certain occassion. What kind of descisions does a person make? Based on what? Influenced by what?

And what if this can be controlled and influenced by the government? Like in A Clockwork Orange, will it create society in the future according the rules of the governemnt? Or an overall idea(l)?

However if we learn from the past, can we predict future descisions of people? And thus, future outcomes and results? If it will be possible to analyse the past, we can give ourselves more garantuee for the future, or will it even be more insecure because we havent learned from our mistakes or we haven’t experienced it at all?

One Comment leave one →
  1. Annemarie permalink*
    March 27, 2010 2:48 pm

    Nice post! We”ve researched this subject for our scenario.With emdr techniques it’s already possible to erase traumatic responses.. so it might come true that we can erase all our bad memories..

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