Glitch meets drone warfare in this short film by New York based animator Cody Healey-Conelly, set in a imagined (though possible) future reality in which paranoia reigns and consent is controlled by multinational corporations profiting from automated weapon sales. The story begins with the voice of a nameless protagonist, narrating over flitting animations. He is a private investigator and is searching for Jake, the missing son of a client, who had gone missing on the same day that a crowd of non-combatant strikers had been wiped out by drones.
Collaged animations depict the shady comic book characters and streets of a familiar dystopia, a sprawling world where all information is controlled and monitored through ‘the global stream’ and villains rant in memes and cyrptomes. As the narrator explains, while the state narrative blamed malfunctioning drones, they are technology that cannot ‘glitch’ and had to be intercepted by an unknown force. To uncover truth in a reality defined by namelessness and ambiguity he sifts through cracks in the stream, in search of a human force behind the machine. Recounting this tale through sharp colours that bleed into one another and cut-up illustrations, ‘Glitch Noir’ provides a compelling glimpse into a believable future, raising questions over the cost of technological advancement in world controlled by money and power.
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