25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
director: Jitka Cejkova
original title: Kapky
running time: 5 min.
synopsisThe film takes a look at the lifelike behavior of inanimate matter in the form of droplets, allowing us to observe a change in shape or collective behavior. These droplets, like the robots in the famous work R.U.R., are made of chemically synthesized matter that resembles living matter, and the film thus allows the viewer to empathize with the feelings of the mad scientist Rossum from Čapek’s play.
“Our film aims to pay tribute to pioneering ideas in the field of robotics and show new ways in which they can be used to create art.” J. Čejková
biographyJitka Čejková works as an associate professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Chemical Technology in Prague. Among other things, she is currently investigating the properties of droplets and their similarity to living cells. She published the book Robot 100, which was published in honor of Čapek’s play R.U.R. and aims to introduce the general public to the development of artificial life and intelligence, from the first use of the word “robot” to the present day.
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