Dangerous Days (I)

WORLD / OFF-WORLD

Tokyo Skyline- Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Kepler 62F - Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo hazy night - Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Skyline Dawn - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Neon sign - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo night skyline - Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Menu - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Shopping - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Fighters - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Shinjuku - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit

Blade Runner | Dangerous Days 02
Blade Runner | Dangerous Days 03 (February)

We are approaching the end of 2019, the year in which “Blade Runner” (1982) takes place. Seems like a good time to check on the status quo and compare it with the ideas and visions which first came to life in Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (1968). His story, which got later on picked up, re-written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, directed by Ridley Scott and produced by Michael Deeley (The Ladd Company), revolves around a near future scenario which takes place in melting-pot Los Angeles. The world is a run-down place and those who can afford it, already departed for the “Off-World Colonies”. The plot involves replicants who are produced for slave labor on hostile planets to prepare them for us. Today, we’d call that terraforming.

 

S&B Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
S&B Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
S&B Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Restaurant Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Street by Night - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Chefs - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo City Lights - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Electric Avenue - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Lights - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo City By Night - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit

Deckard (Harrison Ford) who is put back on his job as a Blade Runner, hunts down replicants who are considered dangerous. Having developed the ability to build character and feelings, some replicants return to earth seeking for a longer life span by confronting their makers of the Tyrell Corporation. It turns out they are more decent and human than humans themselves and there is a threshold involved which leaves some characters as well as plenty of viewers confused about who is man and who is man-made. Interestingly and perhaps also because of bad timing at the oversaturated box office, it was not until quite some time (years) later, that this masterpiece was considered cult and became one of the most relevant ein infulential sci-fi movies of all times.

Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Seafood Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Neon Signs - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo's Finest - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Space Invader Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Blade Runner City Lights - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo City Lights - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Blade Runner City Lights - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Neons - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit

Upon my first visit to Japan I immediately realized how close we have come to some of the predictions, looking at it from the technological, aesthetic and sociological angles and how far away we are from others. By collecting impressions in audio and image formats over a prolonged period of time, I was able to cover some interesting aspects, draw comparisons and find parallels. The seclusion of the Japanese territory paired with the nature of its people, makes it a good role model representing the globe as a whole, like L.A. did in Scott’s film. I am happy to have gained some outstanding musicians, of which “RNDM” contributes the first interpretation to the growing album “Dangerous Days” which incorporates my field recordings.

Tokyo Lights - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Gai Town Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Street Food Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Umbrellas in rainy Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Umbrellas in rainy Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Traffic - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Osaka Street Food - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Umbrellas in rainy Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Umbrellas in rainy Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Blade Runner | Dangerous Days 02 - Man/Machine, Typography, Print

Thanks to Kepler we have indeed found an impressive number of earth-like planets which would be eligible for a move, for instance “Kepler 62F”. But at this point we have no clue how to ever get there or even explore our solar system in person. The currently closest thing to an off-world colony is the International Space Station. The ISS hosts a few permanent but constantly rotating “residents” who maintain our little space-lab up there while acting as peacekeepers. SpaceX (Elon Musk), Virgin Galactic (Richard Branson) and Blue Origin (Jeff Bezos) are new, ambitious and privately funded companies and have already surpassed ROSCOSMOS, NASA and ESA by years. They shine with revolutionary ideas such as reusable rockets which return to precisely the same spot where they took off from.

Tokyo Neon Signs - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo City Lights - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Warrior - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Chefs - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Tech - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo City Lights - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Lights - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Neons - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Lights - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Traditional Tokyo - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit

These players are eager to achieve significance and leave their mark in history. Yet they all exist because of a single invention which is so profound that it can easily be tagged as the game-changer of our time – The internet. It’s the nervous system of humanity and turned cyberspace into reality, offering endless possibilities even allowing us to travel without moving. Nevertheless, no one is going anywhere anytime soon except in one’s head. Which leads us to a major downside of the information age because today, thoughts and dreams are pretty much the only truly private spaces left. The question is for how much longer.

Tokyo Lights - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Blade Runner City Lights - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Signs - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Lights - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Lights - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Lights - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Blade Runner Neon City - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Lights - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit

Consequently, instead of living secluded lives in vacant spaces in an expiring world, for us it all comes down to how well we manage things in an increasingly supervised, tight, sparse, stormy and aggressive world without an alternative. Efficiency, resource and space management are the keywords of our time and impressed I was, to see the masters of these disciplines at work. While Japan has its share of problems just like any other country does, it can provide smart solutions, being a nation where an inventive spirit meets engineering talent and a seemingly endless believe in technology. I had the impression they successfully evolve while respecting traditions and generations. The coexistence of the old and new are among the striking parallels to Scott’s imagined outlook into 2019 …

Blade Runner | Dangerous Days 02

Tokyo Neon - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Subway Double Exposure - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Moving Billboards - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Subway - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Sign - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Restaurant - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo City - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Tokyo Billboard - Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit
Blade Runner - Dangerous Days - By Oliver Lins, Invading Spaces | Quest - Im Wandel der Zeit

CREDITS

International Space Station, Kepler 62F: NASA, USA
“Dangerous Days  01 | Off-World Mix”: Oliver Kargl aka RNDM, Berlin
Photos, text, audio field-recordings: Oliver Lins, Berlin
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“Dangerous Days 02” launching this December
With friendly support of the Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories
and UK producer Grimes Adhesif

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