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Scripting Tomorrow’s Technologies. A little bit more about the film. Nicolas & Nancy have been developing a script for CURIOUS RITUALS. Unlike the book, which would be more of a catalogue of the results we found, the film would bring those gestures into their everyday context.

Nancy has a background in film-making, so it’s been fun to see how she & Nicolas work together to incorporates all the little gestures/rituals we’ve identified for the project into a narrative that is interesting, believable, yet also sets in the future.

They’ve gone through two drafts so far. I’ve only seen the amended second draft. But things look really promising & fun.

Crunch Time. Those of us who can make it have been meeting three times a week, instead of the usual two. The pattern would probably continue til the end of the project.

Officially we got three more weeks to finish the project. So everyone is working really hard on their particular piece of the project. Katie has been doing a really amazing job on laying out the text, doing the illustration & setting up a grid for the book. I’ve only seen rough drafts, but am really looking forward to the book when it reaches a more refined stage.

[Same with the film we are doing to showcase our observations from the project, more of which later.]

Other than doing the blog, I’ve been honing the introduction Nicolas wrote for the book, as well as various bits of text/description/glossary. Nicolas and I are also putting together a series of gestures for an architecture magazine RITUALS has been invited to participate. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.

Manuals for Sci-Fi Technology. This is really a follow-up post on Julian Bleeker’s talk @ Kicker Studio. [Link] From our discussion around the studio about the topic of “design fiction,’ it’s clear the fictional component of the concept expresses both the made-up/imaginary quality of fictional story-telling as well as a borrowing from the worlds created BY fictions, specifically science fictions.

For Julian & Nicolas, from what I gathered, the world of Star Treck, or the neo-techno-noir of Blade Runner are more than thoughtful production design; the impact of these cinematic-world-futures re-shape our thinking about future technologies. Therefore, more than mere techno-fantasy, sci-fi fiction & movie are a constant source of inspiration for the duo @Near Future Laboratory.