Saturday, 22 February 2014

The Institute

This is... a documentary? Or possibly a large prank by a film maker, I'm not sure...

The documentary is about basically a large art / augmented reality game played out in San Francisco from 2009 to 2011. People became members of the Jejune Institute (or 'fought' against them, I'm not entirely sure), seeking to find Eva and to stop the head of the Jejune Institute... or something. As events unfolded, you would become part of the divine nonchalance and... well, it's all about noticing the little moments in life, and appreciating art and such. Eva was a friend of the creator who went missing and this, in many ways, was his tribute to her.

On the other hand, there were moments that suspiciously managed to get captured on film without people noticing, and events that just happened to get enough framed to tell what was going on at the right moment... maybe some parts were recreated? So... maybe the whole thing was fabricated? It's entirely possible, and I wouldn't be surprised there's a genre of 'documentary' that is entirely made up subject matters.

It was an interesting watch, but one that, much like the arg when the money ran out, kinda went flat at the end.


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