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Rich Pell – CODEX ENTROPIA: An Experimental Sci-Fi Documentary | GES Colloquium (Zoom)

March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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CODEX ENTROPIA: An Experimental Sci-Fi Documentary

Speaker: Rich Pell, Associate Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University

Website | Twitter @postnatural | See also: Art’s Work/Genetic Futures

Screening the 3D anaglyph version of the 9 minute film CODEX ENTROPIA and discussing its implications and creation. (*3D glasses available in Hunt Library, on table across from elevator, or purchase on Amazon for $5)


CODEX ENTROPIA is a short (9 min) 3D Sci-Fi Experimental Documentary. It tells the story of a massive geologic formation that contains the complete library of an ancient civilization who developed computing technologies using only well-trained animals. Told through a psychedelic found-footage slideshow, with soundtrack by Jason Martin. Produced entirely from historic stereoscopic photographs, the film will be presented in anaglyph (red/green) 3D, so please make sure you get the glasses to view it from the exhibitions host. A discussion with the film maker and researchers from the Center for Genetic Engineering and Society will follow.


Speaker Bio

Richard Pell’s (@postnatural) earlier experimental documentary, Don’t Call My Crazy On The 4th Of July (2005), examines the curious case of Pittsburgher, Robert Lansberry, whose unusual political protests were a fixture of downtown Pittsburgh for 30 years. The film won the top prize at the Iowa Documentary Film Festival, Best Michigan Director at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and was an official selection at the Kassel Documentary Film Festival.

Pell is the founder and director of the Center for PostNatural History, an organization dedicated to the collection and exposition of life-forms that have been intentionally and heritably altered through domestication, selective breeding, tissue culture, or genetic engineering. The Center for PostNatural History operates a permanent museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and produces traveling exhibitions that have appeared in science and art museums throughout Europe and the United States. Pell is a National Academy of Science KAVLI Fellow and was awarded the 2016 Pittsburgh Artist of the Year. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.


March 16
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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