J.I. (Jellyfish Intelligence) is a Science Fiction film by John Butler and Lina Theodorou. Set in the Mediterranean, it posits a world destabilized by the advent of biological immortality, a gift of life from a mysterious new species.
With this project, we were trying to create an entire, self contained 'Symbolic Microverse', like a miniature version of Marvel's Cinematic universe, and embrace the true spirit of science fiction.
The start point was the real world phenomenon of vast swarms of jellyfish invading the Mediterranean coast. A story of a priest being called to exorcise this demon by throwing a crucifix into the water inspired us to consider a collision of rational science and reactionary superstition as one of the drivers of the story.
We have attributed this phenomenon to the uncontrolled spread of undersea server farms, which contain the aggregate consciousness of humanity, uploaded via social media.
This rich, experiential data has attracted and mutated the jellyfish into a biological quantum computer, a sentient, but inscrutable entity that rapidly influences all of humanity.
The jellyfish serve as an 'allegorical monster', and are to networked society what Godzilla is to nuclear energy. The fact that jellyfish have no brain, just a nervous system, and drift with the tides, rather than determine their own course, makes them the ideal analogy for our distributed, node based society.
The technologically dependent citizens of 'Littoral City' find themselves helpless when their data systems are disrupted by the emergence of the J.I.
The discovery that the J.I. holds the key to biological immortality leads to a clash between the forces of technocratic capital in the form of pharmacosmetic giant Kosmos and the death worshipping cult of The Orth.
Dissolve, Evolve, Dissipate, Participate.
Littoral City is a showcase for 'Liquid Collectivism', a new
social movement that has grown rapidly with the advent
The dream of total integration through biotechnology
sweeps away the divisive structures of the past, and
points a way to a new mode of living, in which we can
drift with the Tide of Technology rather than drown in
an Ocean of Individualism.