Calibrating Awareness

  • Text: Theo Mohamed
  • As we transition from one decade to another, it is natural that we find ourselves trying to understand the state of the world. With the 21st century now entering its early adult years, the media minded are naturally drawn to the task of outlining the socioeconomic landscape. Below you will find a selection of media, both new and old, whose themes present useful analogs to the modern world and help to gain a deeper perspective on fame, evolution, crime, information, and materiality.

    Uncut Gems (2019)

    The second major feature film from the trailblazing directors, the Safdie Brothers, Uncut Gems is a panic inducing thrill ride through New York’s diamond district. Must watch! Available on: Netflix (excl US)

    Photo: Elara Pictures

    Parasite (2019)

    South Korean director Bong Joon Ho’s universally acclaimed Best Picture winner is a harrowing window into the class struggles that plague every corner of the Earth.

    Photo: Barunson E&A

    Annihilation (2018)

    The 2018 film by the acclaimed director Alex Garland (Ex Machina - 2014) follows a team of scientists as they journey to the centre of a mysterious environment that challenges both their mental and physical fortitude. Available on: Netflix

    Photo: Skydance Media

    Perfect Blue (1997)

    As the directorial debut of Japanese filmmaker Satoshi Kon, Perfect Blue is a suspenseful telling of a seemingly innocuous story following a pop idol as she exits her popular girl band in favour of a solo acting career.

    Photo: Madhouse

    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    The classic film by visionary director Stanley Kubrick is as poignant today as it was the day it was released. It highlights the failing of mankind in its attempt to reach beyond its grasp and become more than it possibly thought it could.

    Photo: Stanley Kubrick Productions

    The Longing for Less (2020)

    With the rise of minimalism in the 2010’s came a strange homogenization of taste and a removal of geographic specificity. Kyle Chayka, an acclaimed media critic and online writer, dissects this new aesthetic and what it means to be a human being in the age of Marie Kondo and tasteful mid century modern furniture.

    Photo: Bloomsbury

    Capital Is Dead (2020)

    In her latest book, celebrated media critic and modern philosopher, McKenzie Wark, outlines what she defines as the new ruling class. In the age of technology, monetary capital no longer defines rule, now power comes from the control of information.

    Photo: Verso

  • Text: Theo Mohamed