Mission to Earth / Soft Cinema 2

Lev Manovich

Mission to Earth / Soft Cinema 2 ,
Co-workers & Funding

Mission to Earth was commissioned and produced by BALTIC The Centre for Contemporary Art with contributions by ZKM (Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe) and CRCA (Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, UCSD).

Kelly Richardson | Newcastle
assistant director, videography, editing.

Christopher Kent - CKUK | London

Ilze Black = Inga
Alec Finlay = Alpha-1 commander

Jóhann Jóhannsson | Iceland
music from CD Englaborn.

servo | Los Angeles, Zurich, Stockholm
architectural designs.

Ross Cooper / Stuart Sinclair | London
motion graphics.

Vernie Yeung | London
motion graphics.

Martins Ratniks / Ernest Karlsons / Ilze Black | Latvia

Christo Wallers / Stuart Harris | Newcastle
  • Mission to Earth/Soft Cinema 2
    800 × 600
  • Mission to Earth/Soft Cinema 2
    800 × 600
  • Mission to Earth/Soft Cinema 2
    800 × 600
Inga is the alien from Alpha-1 who after spending twenty years on Earth finally gets a chance to return to her own planet...Using the rules defined by the authors, custom software edits the film in real time, choosing what appears on the screen, where, and in which sequence.

MISSION TO EARTH (Soft Cinema edition) is a science fiction allegory of the immigrant experience that adopts the variable choices and multi-frame layout of the Soft Cinema system to represent ?variable identity?. In this gallery installation the film is being assembled in real-time by the Soft Cinema software from a large database of media elements. While the narrative stays the same and repeats every 23 minutes, all other elements can potentially change. As a result, there is no single ?unique? version of the film ? every run produces a new version.
  • aesthetics
    • real-time
  • genres
    • installations
      • interactive installations
  • subjects
    • Nature and Environment
      • outer space
  • technology
    • software
      • video (digital)
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