My immediate research goal for DIGC335 is to unpack ‘cyberpunk’ as a term, as an aesthetic, and as a theory, and nail down the history and themes involved. This will allow me to begin building a digital artefact. For that, I have two trains of thought:
The first, a Lovecraft comic. Synthesizing Lovecraftian and cyberpunk settings and themes, I will either transpose an existing H. P. Lovecraft short story into a comic – or I will create a smaller series of comics as part of a larger worldbuilding exercise.
The second, a dramatic podcast on the observations of an AI testing facility. From the perspective of a worker at the facility who is present but not entirely part of its inner goings on, this podcast would consist of both thoughtful and off-hand observations of the various behaviours of the AI being tested, exploring a range.
Both branches would require additional research, unique to itself, beyond the theme of cyberpunk. My plan is to continue my research into cyberpunk and work on both branches until one of two things happens: a) one overrides the other in relevance and quality of research and content, or b) I have a sufficient sample of both, which will contribute to a larger world and story.
And, as a relevant interest piece, take a look at this short film: