This June the Cornerhouse will host UK premiere of The Creator, the most recent work by award-winning British filmmakers AL and AL. Specifically commissioned for the 2012 Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival, the beautiful and surreal 45-minute long-form short explores the visionary dreams of the creator of computers and pioneer of Artificial Intelligence, Alan Turing. Marking the centenary of his birth, The Creator will screen at Cornerhouse, Manchester, on Saturday 23 June.
“…beautiful and surreal 45-minute long-form short explores the visionary dreams of the creator of computers and pioneer of Artificial Intelligence, Alan Turing.”
Decades ago, Turing famously asked, ‘Can machines think?’ and ever since, the notion of computers exceeding human intelligence has transfixed researchers and popular culture alike. For their fantastical Turing interpretation, the directors conjoin Lynchian nightmare with the prophetic themes of J.G. Ballard. Audiences will enter the haunting dream world of the legendary scientist, who gave birth to the computer age. Turing’s binary children embark upon a mystical odyssey to explore their creator’s dream diaries in a quest to discover their origins and destiny in the universe.
Probing the infinite possibilities of technology, AL and AL investigate the shaping forces of fantasy and reality. Having established themselves as pioneering artist filmmakers, they combine performance with computer-generated 3D environments to create dream worlds.
AL and AL added: “What is mysterious about Alan Turing’s fate in Manchester is that he arrived in the city as one of the most logical and rational thinkers living on the earth, overseeing the creation of the world’s first computer, but in the end, after his arrest and conviction, he began seeing a Jungian therapist who encouraged him to keep a dream diary and explore his unconscious and irrational mind.”
Saturday 23 June 2012 – 18:30 – 19:15
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with AL and AL