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HAL 9000 still haunts PC era aesthetics

by Critical Commons Manager

The computational kitsch of Halt and Catch Fire's opening title sequence, designed by design firm Antibody's Raoul Marks, combines multiple design sensibilities that reflect the layering of historical discourse in the show itself. The use of glitch aesthetics to process images of cast members almost to the point of illegibility, for example, reads as a visual effect that is distinctly of the mid-2010s, when the show premiered; at the same time, the glowing red LED where a glowing electron terminates resembles nothing so much as the all-seeing eye of the HAL 9000 from Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey from 1968.

Computational kitsch in Halt and Catch Fire opening titles

Glitch aesthetics and hardware fetishism merge with retro chic in Raoul Marks' title sequence for Antibody

from Halt and Catch Fire titles (2014)
Creator: AMC/Elastic/Antibody
Distributor: AMC
Posted by Critical Commons Manager