Exploring Science Fiction: Time Travel
Marco Brambilla’s Evolution (Megaplex), 2010
Today is the day of the Science Fiction Film Festival presented in conjunction with Kelly Richardson: Legion during M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY! Be sure to stop in and enjoy one, or all, of the five films being featured. But before that, let’s travel to the past, into the future, and then back again.
It’s no wonder that time travel is such a highly explored theme in science fiction; our longing to go back in time and to venture into the unknown future is fueled by our inherent desire to experience all the world (and perhaps other worlds?) has to offer. In 1895, H. G. Wells penned The Time Machine, which popularized the concept of time travel—so much so that the book has been adapted into feature films, two made-for-television movies, and numerous comic books. In the epic video work Evolution (Megaplex) by Marco Brambilla (Italian, born 1960), we are presented with a scrolling history of humankind that seamlessly combines the past, present, and future—all through the appropriated lens of box office cinema.
Image courtesy of the artist and Christopher Grimes Gallery.