Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen (2014)

Cécile B. Evans

This is the release of a new trailer for Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen, which stars a digital copy of a famous actor and follows the lives of a group of immaterial beings as they search for meaning.

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Useful Terms for Hyperlinks

Hyperlink a reference to external data that a reader can open either by clicking or by hovering over a point of origin. From Greek hyper (prep. and adv.) “over, beyond, overmuch, above measure”

Magnolia a film created by Paul Thomas Anderson that uses the Hyperlink cinema or story structure, which uses interwoven storylines of several characters

Render To cause to be or become, make. The process of making an image from a 2D or 3D model

AGNES is a spam bot that lives on the Serpentine Galleries website. A spam bot is an automated computer program or interface that sends spam, or unsolicited information

Colossus (1943) Colossus was the world’s first electronic digital computer that was at all programmable, developed for British codebreakers during World War II

Arthur C. Clark “It goes on forever” “My God it’s full of stars”

ENIAC (1946) was the first digital electronic general-purpose computer in 1946. It was Turing-complete, digital, and capable of being reprogrammed to solve “a large class of numerical problems”

Les Horribles Cernettes an all female parody pop group comprised of women working at CERN. An image of them was the very first image to appear on the World Wide Web in 1993

Novosibirsk’s Fraules dance centre made famous by a group of Siberian students who post videos of themselves on YouTube performing complex choreographies to popular music

Computer Girls term coined by computer scientist Dr. Grace Hopper to describe female programmers in the 1960s, largely forgotten by history

Cosmopolitan an international magazine for women

Dissociative disorder is a condition that involves disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity or perception, usually caused by psychological trauma

Eyes Without a Face is a 1960 film adaptation of Jean Redon’s novel by Georges Franju. During the film’s production, consideration was given to the standards of European censors by setting the right tone, minimizing gore. It is also a Billy Idol song

Land of Silence and Darkness a film by Werner Herzog about a woman who is deaf and blind and takes care of others in a similar condition

Fraidy Cat a one-reel animation of the popular Tom and Jerry cartoon, the first to have Tom the cat express pain

Father and Sons an 1862 novel by Ivan Turgenev

Nosleep a section on Reddit.com where original authors can post their horror stories

This Woman’s Work a song by Kate Bush, created for the movie

She’s Having a Baby a John Hughes film starring Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern in which Ms. McGovern’s character may or may not die during childbirth

How I became a teenage survivalist a book that helps parents tell their teenaged offspring how to survive the end of the world

Forever Young a song by Alphaville, a band who got their name from a Jean Luc Godard film and recently sung by Beyonce and Jay-Z for their On the Run tour

James Foley “I really feel I can touch you even in this darkness”

The Invisible Man is a 1953 novel by Ralph Ellison

Jemma Pixie Hixon a YouTube sensation who covers popular songs and has not left the house in over 5 years

Agoraphobia an anxiety disorder where the sufferer perceives certain environments as dangerous or uncomfortable

Hatsune Miku humanoid persona voiced by a singing synthesizer application developed by Crypton Future Media, using Yamaha Corporation’s Vocaloid synthesizer. She recently went on tour with Lady Gaga, appearing as a hologram

MikuMikuDance an animation program that lets users animate and create 3D animation movies

Notes from the Underground, a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky which features a narrator, the Underground Man who lives in the underground

Paul Tibbets pilot of the Enola Gay

Pope Francis “Please stop!, I ask you with all my heart, it’s time to stop. Stop, please!”

Vic Morrow’s Death Vic Morrows was an actor who died on set during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie, along with two child performers when a helicopter crashed due to pyrotechnic explosions.

Softness is a limited edition beauty oil line by the famous hologram Yowane Haku, available soon via studioleigh.com

Superman Returns the second Superman, in which Marlon Brando was brought back to life as a digital recreation for his role as Jor-El, Superman’s father

Synecdoche New York a multi-tiered postmodern drama film directed by Charlie Kaufman that blurs the boundaries between fiction and reality

Robert Lewis “My God, what have we done”

Polar Bears are getting tired searching for ice

Render Ghost An image of a real person placed in a rendered architectural space

Hunger Games a film in which of the lead actors passed away before production was completed. The producers announced they would complete the actor’s scenes using a digital recreation and then announced that they would not.

3-Sweep a software that turns 2d images into 3d models, not on the market

Tater Tots are a registered trademark of Ore-Ida, a side dish consisting of deep-fried grated potatoes

Vocaloid is a singing voice synthesiser created by Yamaha Corporation

Wangjaesan Dance Troupe A North Korean all girl group

Various BBC World Service programs “It’s the 21st Century”

Digital Resurrection the act of digitally recreating someone who has died, usually done holographically (Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Gene Kelly)

Digital Recreation the act of digitally replacing an actor in a film, often when that actor has died (Brandon Lee, Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier)

What a feeling a song originally performed by Irene Cara for the film Flashdance

Yowane Haku a friend of Hatsune Miku’s

Pierrot Le Fou a film by Jean Luc Godard starring Anna Karina and Jean Paul Belmondo, in which they are on the run and hide out on the beach

Dune a film by David Lynch, for which a ‘Useful Terms’ sheet was created and handed out to moviegoers

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