Private Project

Landscape of Forgotten Futures

The Brain Cell & The Power Plant - Where Today's Tomorrow's Meet Yesterday's Futures

In a derelict power plant, a stunning art deco skylight hangs over redundant controls like an eye controlling the city's power. Beneath it hangs a copper-domed, immersive artwork in which users control computer technology with their eyes. As the experience unfolds questions arise over individuals' response to control and whether we value boredom above stimulus as we choose our journey into the future.

  • Audrey Aquilina
    Under the Skin of Design
  • Audrey Aquilina
  • Brigitta Zics
  • Miklós Peternák
    Key Cast
  • Brigitta Zics
    Key Cast
  • John Shearer
    Key Cast
  • Oliver Marchant
    Key Cast
  • Gergely Eörtzen-Nagy
    Key Cast
  • Tamas Czuper
    Sound Design
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Arts, Technology
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Audrey Aquilina

I am a film maker with a craft background in documentary & drama. My work has screened on UK and international TV and film festivals, with credits on multi award winning programmes. I now produce and direct after several years at the coal face in camera and editing.

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Director Statement

Landscape of Forgotten Futures celebrates big ideas - our capacity to dream and build better futures. In the centre of a Budapest power station that lay unchanged through Communist times and then forgotten, we find remains of exquisitely detailed industrial architecture and the revolutionary technology that 100 years ago was changing the world: publicly available electricity.

The Eye Resonator, a 'thought-machine', was installed in this space, representing today's big idea: artificial intelligence. Part copper, part computer, it pits steampunk aesthetics and pre-War optimism against the design and technology of today's race into a digital future.

Initial intentions to record the installation grew in ambition as the documentary process uncovered rich themes. From complexities in finding a suitable location to link architecture and artwork, to the mathematical models and technologies that underpin the experience itself - this film peeks into fascinating worlds: multi-agent systems, artificial intelligence, migratory swarming, cyberpunk, aesthetics. Glimpses of possible futures and worlds of dreams past. I hope this film opens the lid just a crack on new ideas and leaves you curious for more.