Agency and Escape
April 25, 2017 § Leave a comment
For my final project, I made a video essay considering Ex Machina (2015) and The Machine (2013) as feminist films. I explore the ways the movies deconstruct patriarchal systems of oppression in our society. In The Machine and Ex Machina, James and Garland each create their Ava in isolated gardens of male scientific enterprise in order to illustrate the very real atrocity that is our society’s persistent commodification and reduction of women to functional roles. By engaging their consciousness, both Avas gain agency and ultimately escape their respective intellectual, emotional, and physical prisons, leaving the viewer with the hope that these AI women will start a new generation of free will and opportunity.