Simon Heijdens - Shade
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Almost at home in William Gibsion’s Spook Country, visual artist Simon Heijdens has found a way to take technology and apply it to visual art in a novel way that’s spawning a new tangent of thought in the debate on the rapidity of technological development and the loss of our inherent nature as a biological […]

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Taking an odd turn, the second season of Black Mirror features less high-tech scenarios than its predecessors, but Brooker’s focus is still centered on the social implications of social order gone askew thanks in large part to the adoption of technology. Though this season came after a hiatus, and another sits between this season and […]

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This was an article submitted to Neon Dystopia by TTristanMartin. [block_grid type=”two-up”][block_grid_item][/block_grid_item][block_grid_item][/block_grid_item][/block_grid] In gadget circles, 2015 will be the year of the Smartwatch and, one by one, consumers are a step closer to becoming retail-Batman. I’m starting to fall over these things; I even saw one for sale in a Best Buy vending machine in […]

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A link between hip-hop and cyberpunk may not initially seem like the most obvious musical connection. Industrial’s cybernetic fusions of organic instrumentation and machinery, rave’s dayglo futurism or, more recently, synthwave’s re-imagining of 80’s kitsch and the video store synths of Vangelis and John Carpenter might be more obvious candidates for the ‘cyberpunk music’ title. […]

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Having your art described as “the closest thing to the visions I’ve experienced on DMT [Dimethyltryptamine]” is most probably a compliment. At the least, it suggests that a drug-induced hallucination is the only other place something like your art can be found. That’s a style that’s hard to find – and an opportunity Murray Furtado of art-for-hire firm Cognitive Dissidents found too […]

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After training Railly in the basics of using a handgun, fearing the men who’d kidnapped Jennifer could come after her, she’s called by police who want to know what happened at JD Peoples. As Railly gives her testimony, she learns of the surviving doctor from Goines’ secret lab. Railly recognizes him as a relief-effort doctor […]

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While cybernetic enhancements or implants are archetypal of, but not limited to, the cyberpunk genre, Upgraded: The Cyborg Anthology as an entire book prioritises the human voice as the characters explore the physical, emotional and even societal consequences of being ‘beyond human’. After a lull from mainstream media, the cyborg is making a comeback in […]

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What happens when we cease to fight our own wars? This isn’t a question of privatization through private military companies, but more a question on technological progression and the guarantee of safety in conflict. It’s the center of The Machine (2014), which writer-director Caradog W. James said was a critique of the evolution of warfare—the […]

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Science has been making many new discoveries lately, helping to turn your cyberpunk dystopia from fiction into fact. Let’s see what they’ve been up to recently… Marketing The future is going to be colorful. Very, very colorful. Overlaid on black and white. Because of one (read, five) little experiments.   A new study has shown […]

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