Kristin Lucas

So it turns out that the film studios aren’t the only ones going in for a spot of rebooting. My attention has just been drawn to an art piece called ‘Refresh‘. In 2007, an artist by the name of Kristin Lucas changed her name to… Kristin Lucas. According to the court transcript, she told the judge:

“Your honor, I am here for a refresh. A renewal of self… I am prepared to let go. To empty my cache. To refill the screen with the same information. To reboot…”

After two weeks of spending “probably way too much time thinking about this situation”, the judge granted her request, stating: “So you have changed your name to exactly what it was before in the spirit of refreshing yourself as though you were a web page.”


(via Guerilla Innovation)



August 23, 2009

About a year ago, I received an email from a poncey New York hotel chain alerting me to the news that one of their hotels had been “reimagined” by a designer with a European sounding name. Brilliant. How much classier it sounded than a mere redesign. And it wasn’t just the hotel people that were at it – movie folk soon realised that reimagining a film sounded less of a cop-out than just remaking it.

This year, that’s all changed. Film studios have ditched the flair of reimagination and are now “rebooting” film franchises instead. I quite like this too. “OK,” it seems to admit, “perhaps we went overboard with the tenth, eleventh and twelfth films in the series. But be assured that we have now realised the error of our ways, gone back to basics and actually put something like a proper plot in this one.”

And how do I know of this latest term? Because I managed to score a couple of last-minute tickets to Movie Con II, a somewhat unholy alliance between Empire and the BFI. Steven and I spent last weekend geeking out to film clips from a bunch of upcoming films as well as Q&As with some of the directors.

Normally, such an event would have me twittering, or tweeting if you prefer, like crazy. But because of an anti-piracy ban on phones, I found myself deprived of my addiction. So like a true addict, I found a way round it.

Welcome to the world of paper tweets. (Click to embiggen.)