Steve Mann is a Toronto-based inventor, university teacher and cyborg.
His wearable computer technology has made him “all human with machine-extended
parts.” On Tuesday, March 12 at
8 p.m., THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki presents Cyberman,
a look at Canada’s original cyborg.
“In cyberspace there are no borders. What I do is allow people to get
inside my head and put themselves in my shoes and see the world from my
perspective,” said Mann. Through his “Eye-Tap” sunglasses, wearable computers
and recording devices, viewers literally see the world through his eyes.
This cyber-genre film takes documentary filmmaking to a new level. The
filmmakers were forced to come to terms with the fact that the subject
they were filming was in fact filming them! This multi-media film was
shot on various formats, including Super 16, Mini DV and black and white
photography, and includes footage from Steve Mann’s patented “Eye-Tap”
video and “dusting” photography.
Producer Michael Allder commented, “Cyberman is set not
in some distant, unrealized world, but in the present. Steve lives in
a universe where information is mainlined into memory, where he daily
records his encounters with the outer world, his students, even his wife.
He believes he is the face of the future, but it is a future that many
will find unsettling.”
Since its premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2001,
the film version of
Cyberman has been invited to screen at festivals around
the world. Mann has also recently published his second book entitled,
Cyborg, a Random House publication.
Cyberman reunites the creative team of the award-winning
National Film Board cult-hit feature, Project Grizzly, directed
by Peter Lynch, written by James Heer and produced by Michael Allder,
who is also executive producer of THE NATURE OF THINGS.
me to the Cyberman website