Chris Rogers writer on architecture and visual culture

Fragments of a hologram rose: Re-seeing Blade Runner

“The postcard is a white light reflection hologram of a rose […] Holding it carefully between thumb and forefinger, he lowers the hologram toward the hidden rotating jaws. The unit emits a thin scream as steel teeth slash laminated plastic and the rose is shredded into a thousand fragments […] Parker lies in darkness, recalling the thousand fragments of the hologram rose. A hologram has this quality: recovered and illuminated, each fragment will reveal the whole […] from a different angle”
 
    - Fragments of a Hologram Rose by William Gibson, first published 1977

BR - film Deckard (icollector.com)

Deckard (icollector.com)

BR - film Batty (ripping-ozzie-reads.com)

Batty (ripping-ozzie-reads.com)

BR - film Rachael (snowce.tumblr.com)

 Rachael (snowce.tumblr.com)

BR - film Gaff (hungdrawn.blogspot.com)

Gaff (hungdrawn.blogspot.com)

This project began with a simple idea – bring together a number of lesser-known facts about Blade Runner and hook them around the concept of what had been lost as the film-making proceeded. I then began to think of adding some analysis, and expanding the idea to take in other aspects of the film. I specifically intended to complement rather than compete with (or duplicate) any of the information in either Paul Sammon’s Future Noir book or Charles de Lauzirika’s epic and superb Dangerous Days documentary, released with the Ultimate Cut DVD.

All of this was originally intended to occupy just the film section of this site, until my friend Clive Ashenden suggested it might be nice to split the work, matching each of the pieces to one of the five sections of the site. It was a great idea, and I already had enough material to cover about half of those sections. A little thought showed how the subjects I had and could add would fit perfectly, with the Film page becoming home for the original piece. Writing them was enjoyable, as was combing both the web and my library for images. And if five articles aren’t enough, there’s actually a sixth containing my thoughts on That Question; it's not shown in the menus and is accessible only by finding and clicking on a link hidden somewhere in the 7,500 words of text; it seemed appropriate to the ‘fragments’ idea.

Have a better one.

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