Return conversation with filmmaker Rodney Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare) on his new film Glitch in the Matrix & the many ins & outs of simulation theory.
Part One: Filtering Reality (0 – 30 mins)
Working on Glitch in the Matrix, Anthony Peake’s daemonic theory, sleep paralysis & simulation theory, video games & virtual reality, movies and consciousness, frontal lobe simulations, quasi-science and super-powers, technology & transformation, evolving ideas about simulated reality, intense world syndrome, unfiltered reality, necessary compartmentalization, enlightened perspectives, Erik Davis & P. K. Dick, literal believers, Nick Bostrum’s paper.
Part Two: When the Map Becomes the Territory (30 – 50 mins)
Radical technology, the internet of things, a mood of melancholy, the loss of doing nothing, nostalgia, how children used to roam, an energetic matrix, a digital map of the world, Pokemon, addiction to social media, overriding the programming, divided consciousness, Palmer Eldritch, technology as drug, the failure of satire, Face in the Crowd & Donald Trump
Part Three: A Continuum of Interest (50 mins – 1 hour 13 mins )
Freudian theory of traumatic re-enactment, the legendary status of childhood, humanizing The Shining, uncovering connections, defining childhood moments, Room 237, The Shining, dissolving into abstraction, personal obsessions, Rodney’s sleep paralysis, unresolved mysteries, a laser light show, a continuum of interest, an evolving methodology, El Duce Tapes, the creative process.
Part Four: 2020 Hindsight (1 hour 13 mins – end)
A trilogy of interpretation, the limits of subjectivity, non-player characters or real people, the ultimate conspiracy theory, updating the world, ancestor simulation, depersonalization, the feeling of being an authentic avatar, acting as a non-player character, David Icke’s paranoia, finding the style, animation effects, ETA on the movie, 2020 hindsight.
Songs: “Knob Wobbler,” by Gib Strange; “A Prayer” by The Bones of L.R Jones; “Taking My Child” by Norman Fagg; “Hell’s Heart” by Untitled red; “These Words” by Hazelwood Motel.