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Spike Jonze

Explore the complex relationship between human and machine in a series of films celebrating V&A Dundee’s Hello, Robot. exhibition.
See any two films in the season for £10!

Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich) returned to our screens in 2014 with this story of love, life and our complicated connection with technology. In an age when people engage more with phones, tablets and laptops than they do with family members, Her is a remarkable achievement, making you think about your relationships, both on and offline.

"A singular vision of our relationship with technology..."

Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a mostly cheerful and well-meaning yet lonely man who works at a website specialising in writing letters for lovers unable to express their emotions. Hesitant about signing his divorce papers, Theodore tries out a new operating system. It takes the name Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) working its way into his life through an earpiece and handheld device. Soon, Theodore connects with the world in a whole new way, sharing his life with Samantha, as you would any new love, and feeling alive for the first time in years.

Bearing the unique stamp of Spike Jonze’s weird and wonderful imagination all over it, Her is a singular vision of our relationship with technology, and one which is as (if not more) relevant now as it was upon its original release.

Musio K,  a social robot designed by AKA IntelligenceHello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine. V&A Dundee, until Sunday 9 February 2020. From the robots we know and love, to the robot in your pocket, explore the blurring boundaries between human and machine.

Musio K © AKA, LLC