Friday, March 17, 2017
9:30 PM–11:55 PM
2013, Spike Jonze, USA, 126 minutes
Introduced by cognitive research scientist Dr. Eran Agmon
Amidst an impending divorce and social isolation, lonely writer Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) purchases a new intelligent computer operating system to help get his life in order. The software names itself Samantha, and becomes an increasingly important part of Theodore’s life. They fall in love, Samantha learning what it means to be human, and Theodore reconnecting with life around him. As their knowledge grows, however, the relationships itself must evolve as well.
“Few movies capture the magic and the heartbreak of falling in love in an unexpected, mind-bending way; Her is one of them.”
—S. Jhoanna Robledo
About Cabaret Cinema: Perception
Can the truth truly be trusted? Is it objective or rather tinted by our experience and memories? Perhaps there is no better medium with which to explore these questions than the illusory cinema. In that pursuit we have invited scientists to introduce films that potently demonstrate that much of our perception is clouded by the distorted lens of our assumptions and desires.
About the Introducer
Eran Agmon is a research scientist at YHouse and a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences. He received his PhD in from the School of Informatics and Computing and the Cognitive Science Program at the Indiana University. His primary research interest is in the biological foundation of agency, and he approaches this interest by developing computational models of whole organisms from the bottom up, starting with the transition from chemistry to protocellular life.
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