All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace – Richard Brautigan

 

I came across this poem this week after hearing a radio feature of the Adam Curtis documentary of the same name. I believe this is a reading by the artist himself. Although I won’t use the nature imagery, I think this poem captures the sentiment of the Robot Heaven theme: MX-93 is looking for a paradise where he can abdicate responsibility to the larger universal matrix. Not to discount the very important element of surrender on the spiritual journey, but I am choosing to focus the film on the question of personal responsibility and action.

I suspect I will have to make some adjustments to show that MX-93 really believes he has found his salvation once reaching Heaven. And I am hoping it inspires some better dialog between the Goddess and MX-93 than what is currently in the animatic.

I also really like the cadence and tone of the reading. I don’t know what the copyright issues would be, but I would love to include a distorted version or quote of this reading into the soundscape of Heaven.

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