Welcome to Computer Age: Demon Seed
Dir. Donald Cammell. 1977, 94 mins. 35mm. With Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham, and Robert Vaughn. Equal parts 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), and Electric House (1922), and showcasing an exquisite cybernetic psych-out sequence aided by visionary artist-guru Jordan Belson and visual effects wizard Ron Hays, this post-humanist thriller unveils supercomputer Proteus IV: the latest invention of corporate monolith ICON that can cure leukemia, develop mining techniques, and ruminate on Buddhism with equal facility. When threatened with HAL-scale data-wipe, the hubristic machine seeks self-preservation by infiltrating the high-tech home of ICON’s lead scientist, trapping his wife and preparing her to propagate a new hybrid life form with his eponymous synthetic spermatozoa.
Dir. Ron Hays. 1981, 4 mins. Digital projection. Music video by the band Earth, Wind & Fire.
Tickets for Friday evening screenings: $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students / free for Museum members) and includes admission to the Museum’s galleries, which are open until 8:00 p.m.