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MM / Ghost in the Shell

17 Jan (Sun), 5:30pm

MM (2002)
William Raban, 13 min., digital, UK

London’s Millennium Dome is a powerful Neoliberal symbol. This film uses a time-lapse technique to show key moments in the building’s history: the demolition of the site’s original power station in 1987, the beginning of the dome’s construction, the 1999 solar eclipse, and the light-and-fireworks show that marked its completion. These scenes hint at the powerful desire of the country’s then political establishment to build an international landmark.

William Raban (British, born 1948) is considered to be one of the most important British artists and experimental filmmakers. Based in London, he employs film and video to explore the dynamics of time and space.

Courtesy of William Raban and LUX, London.
 
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Mamoru Oshii, Japanese with English subtitles, 83 min., digital, Japan

Major Motoko Kusanagi, the team leader of a police unit of sentient but soulless cyborgs, is searching for the Puppet Master, an entity that possesses consciousness but no physical form. When the Puppet Master unexpectedly develops self-awareness, it merges with Kusanagi. Adapted from Masamune Shirow's manga of the same name, this animated film makes Hong Kong the blueprint for its futuristic metropolitan setting, and poses questions about how we define the ‘soul’ today.

Mamoru Oshii (Japanese, born 1951) is a writer and director based in Tokyo. He is one of the most influential animators working today; his anime deals with complex philosophical issues surrounding society and the quest for self.

Based on the manga 'The Ghost in the Shell' by Shirow Masamune originally serialised in the weekly Young Magazine published by KODANSHALTD.
© 1995・2008 Shirow Masamune/ KODANSHA・BANDI VISUAL・MANGA ENTERTAINMENT

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