30 March 2007

Waking Life


This particular video clip is a conversation exploring the relationship between language and functionality taken from the robotoscoped and animated 2001 film, Waking Life. The film is a unique way of presenting issues such as; reality, free will, our relationships with others and the meaning of life. The title is a reference to George Santayana's maxim that "Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled."

The film, which is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state, follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in various philosophical discussions. The man eventually comes to the realization that he is dreaming and that he is unable to wake up and by the end of the film, he fears that he might be dead.

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