In the future, the people of Alphaville are controlled by the master computer brain Alpha 60. The creator of Alpha 60, Professor von Braun, plans to reduce mankind to a docile workforce, but secret agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) arrives to put things right. Godard’s pastiche of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis is regarded as a unique dystopian mix of SF, film noir, spy story and cultural criticism.
On November 5, Hans Schnitzler, philosopher and author of The digital proletariat, will give a lecture (in Dutch). He is mainly concerned with the influence of technology on our everyday environment. As people and machines increasingly merge, the question of what it means to be human becomes ever more current. Are we reduced to batteries for the machines or do we retain our dignity and autonomy? How can we relate to the far-reaching virtualisation and digitization of everyday life?
Part of The Man Machine