Going to the Theater

 

AKIRA-23

Believe it or not, I actually found a spare moment today to go to the cinema with a couple friends. Austin Film Society was showing Akira, a 1988 masterpiece anime film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. I am very apt to zone out and go cross-eyed at the animated detail of anime films. They are always visually dazzling and give me a chance to soak in moving art, and to relax. Today that was not the case.

Every frame posed a rapid fire snapshot of the drawing style and point perspective. How does the cityscape look on the horizon? Which characters are usually only shown from the waist up? There were a lot of stimuli for my sketching analytical mind to kick in. It wasn’t relaxing, but it was an exciting and peculiar experience.

This happens with almost everything now. Every service I use has an evident design behind it. I just notice moreā€”The MacBook Pro keyboard is fascinating by the way, It has such a much louder ‘clack’ than previous models.

I find myself getting nosy, asking “why” when someone says “I like that,” or “that’s cool.” I ask myself why things around me matter, which has led me to filter the world more acutely.

I don’t think it would be a sustainable future to have my mind so alert all of the time. But, just like I’m looking for a good work/life balance I’m also looking for my mind/no-mind balance. Wish me luck.