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Waterworld: Travels in Time between Past and Future Worlds
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9733-612X
2017 (English)In: The Archaeology of Time Travel: Experiencing the Past in the 21st Century / [ed] Bodil Petersson, Cornelius Holtorf, Oxford: Archaeopress, 2017, 1, 201-212 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the future-oriented action film Waterworld (1995) the world has been flooded for centuries because of melted ice caps due to environmental destruction. This film gives an opportunity to explore the materiality of both past and future worlds as the film-makers create the world anew in an explicitly material sense, with several connotations of our present that have been transformed into a distant past. On top of what aspects of a material past do they construct this future world? The text explores aspects of materiality in a fictive future setting. The conclusion is that film is a cheap way to get to other places and times. It is also an easy way for film-makers to create another universe where it is possible to invert values and intentions, to draw conclusions of our own way of life here and now and bring us to the probable future world to get us to see the consequences of our actions now. It is sometimes a laughing mirror to take the edge off the rhetoric. You can laugh at certain situations and consequences even if time travel goes to Dystopia.

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Oxford: Archaeopress, 2017, 1. 201-212 p.
Keyword [en]
archaeology, materiality, time travel, film, climate change
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Archaeology
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Humanities, Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-64574ISBN: 978 1 78491 500 1 (print)ISBN: 978 1 78491 501 8 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-64574DiVA: diva2:1104275
Available from: 2017-05-31 Created: 2017-05-31 Last updated: 2017-06-01Bibliographically approved

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