The Human Shape And Cityscape In Anime – Featurette

To accompany the Anime’s Human Machine season at the Barbican in September, the Barbican centre youtube channel have released a short video from Luís Azevedo (aka Beyond the Frame) which looks at the way anime presents and builds cities on screen.

Japanese animation has embraced robotics, cybernetics and artificial intelligence as major themes. It uses these themes to explore complex moral and social questions: humanity’s responsibility for its actions, response to the other, greed, short-termism and a failure to care for the ecosystem that sustains us. What emerges from the eight films that form the Anime’s Human Machine season is how our own view of technology has changed since the earliest in the season was released in 1989, and how humanity still refuses responsibility for the impact of its actions.

The Anime’s Human Machine Season runs from the 12th to the 19th of September 2091. More information can be found at

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