So we did it, those of our former Matrix Community who got the call and felt like taking a shift, joined us last night for a long since not practised Synchronised Viewing of the first Matrix film, the one piece of art that started our fascination and brought us all together as a Community, way back in 1999. We had held several of these Synchronised Viewings before. They consist of everyone at their respective places starting their copy of the film at a Countdown executed within our Community’s own IRC chat channel called #dotr ( Desert of the Real ). While everyone is watching the (hopefully same ) scenes, a chat is going on with everyone in IRC and thoughts, ideas, questions or comic release are being shared. One of the toughest issues apparently is timing, no matter how organised and precise this World has become in matters of time-keeping, apparently time transcurs at different pace for all members involved and at some point in the Synchronised Viewing everyone realises that they are either lagging or rushing, but that too is part of the energising experience.
I enjoyed this practice very much, especially since it constituted a fabulous journey way back memory lane, to share with everyone those insights and the maybe new way we look at the film after all that time. But if there was one common notion shared in the chat, it was that The Matrix had not aged (except for the clothes of the lot in those Night Clubs :D). The film still has this striking smartness, the timeless elegance and the appeal to mind and senses. This to me was one of the most amazing aspects.
A heartfelt thanks to everyone who could make it to the Viewing and let’s keep the hope up, that there might come more occasions in the near future, in order to keep this unique tradition alive!
The Transcript of the chat can be viewed here