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Orientalism of code

by Critical Commons Manager

In its desperation to render "code" visible to cinematic audiences, The Matrix coined a visual vocabulary for computer graphics that suggests both early CRT monitors and a vague and pointless Orientalism seen in the indiscriminate mashing up of Roman alphanumeric characters with the Japanese syllabary, Katakana.

The Matrix Reloaded and Orientalizing Code

This iconic opening sequence from The Matrix Reloaded represents code as a mystical and invisible language readable only by a special class of "chosen" individuals. It achieves this obfuscation by conflating Japanese katakana and binary code.

from The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Creator: The Wachowski Brothers
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Posted by Jason Lipshin