4 Million Year 2001: A Space Odyssey

4 Million Year 2001: A Space Odyssey


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4MY2001:ASO is a video and a net-art project, which consists of the famous ellipsis of Stanley Kubrick’s film “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) slowed down so that a single, continuous viewing lasts for millions of years. This video is only composed of the two scenes that come before and after the ellipsis – the longest in Cinema History – when a bone thrown by an Australopithecus becomes a spaceship, symbolizing four millions years of evolution. This video is played with the PHP language in an extremely slow rythm, fading frames in each other according to the passed time since its launch.

The artists guarantee the perpetuation of the project as long as they’ll live, but because the movie will only end a very long time after their death, the complete source of the project is available here.
So, anybody can download it, unzip it and copy it on their own website, to ensure that the project will continue to be accessible for everyone. The source code is simple, commented and W3C compliant, so it will be easier to adapt it to another language when PHP will disappear.

4MY2001:ASO was launched on March 20, 2013.

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