Exploring the Themes of „Arrival“: Communication, Connection, and the Circle of Life.

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An adaptation of Ted Chiang's short story "Story of Your Life" is the 2016 sci-fi movie "Arrival." Denis Villeneuve directed the film and Eric Heisserer adapted it. A linguist named Louise Banks is portrayed by Amy Adams. Critics and audiences alike praised the film, which won numerous awards, including an Oscar for Best Sound Editing.

There is an event in the film that begins with twelve massive objects that seem to be similar to spacecraft suddenly appearing in several locations throughout the world. A linguist, Louise Banks, is hired by the American military to establish contact with the extraterrestrial beings and translate their language in order to reach out to them. In collaboration with physicist Ian Donnelly, played by Jeremy Renner, Louise works to figure out what the aliens want.

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Concept Art by Meinert Hansen

It's not just aliens vs humans, but also deep dives into questions of consciousness and perception of time and space. There are multiple jumps in time in the plot of the film, which prompt Louise to consider the truth and reality of her own past, as well as delve deeper into the world of the aliens as the plot progresses.

Logogram design by Martine Bertrand, Patrice Vermette and Aaron Morrison

Language and communication play a significant role in influencing our perception of time and space in the film, which is fascinating to watch. It is during this time that Louise Banks comes to realize that the alien language is more than just a way of communicating, it is also a way of understanding time that is unfamiliar to her. The aliens are capable of being able to perceive not only the present, but also the future simultaneously, which is a difficult concept for humans to grasp since they are bound to a linear structure. As a result of Louise's interaction with the aliens, she acquires this ability and begins to see into the future. In addition to circles and circularity, another important theme is explored in the film.

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A floating sphere represents the concept of circles and circularity in the shape of the spacecraft. Additionally, this concept is reflected in the alien language, which has no beginning or end and can be read in any direction. Everything is interconnected and there is no clear line between the past, present, and future. It is shown in the film that the way we speak and communicate allows us to gain new insights into the nature of reality and to expand our understanding of time and space. As a whole, it can be said that "Arrival" explores the meaning of language and communication in the context of our understanding of the world in a subtle and complex way. There is no doubt that our language and the way in which we communicate influence our perception, and that it is possible to expand and deepen our understanding of the world around us positively by interfacing with people from other cultures and languages. "Arrival" is an intriguing and challenging film that makes you think.

Alien Design by Carlos Huante

It shows how powerful language and communication can be in shaping our worldview. Through Louise's work with the extraterrestrial visitors, she learns that language isn't just for communication, but also for perceiving the world. This is a language that is not bound by the familiar linear structure of the human language and is characterized by a non-linear structure. Their language allows them to perceive time differently and allow them to view the past, present, and future at the same time. As the film comes to its conclusion, it becomes apparent how important language and communication is in the world that we live in today. There is a rare disease that is causing Louise's daughter to die as a result of this condition. Unfortunately, this memory turns out to be a future prediction. She got this ability from the aliens, who gave her vision and control over her future. Therefore, the film shows how our communication affects both our perceptions and our destiny. As individuals, we must be aware that our words and language have profound effects on the surroundings we live in.

Concept Art by Meinert Hansen

I found the visual elements of the film "Arrival" extremely inspiring as a designer. A lot of innovation went into the design of the spaceships and aliens. It is amazing how the designers managed to create a world that seems truly alien and otherworldly, yet still avoid most of the stereotypes that are prevalent in video games.

I also found it fascinating to see how the designers developed a complex and nuanced system of logograms in order to create the alien language. Logograms were very cleverly designed with the idea that they could express a variety of meanings in a non-linear way, without following the traditional rules of syntax, the idea was very clever.

Overall, in my opinion, the designers of the film "Arrival" had a very creative approach to what they were doing. As a designer, I was inspired and excited by their idea to create an extraordinary and fascinating world in which I could engage and work.


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