technical info

Written & Directed by Frank Theys
Concept, Research & Interviews: Michel Bauwens & Frank Theys
Executive Producer: Bert Leysen
Coproduced by: Toneelhuis
With the support of Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds

Music: Johan De Smet

Sound Mix: Fabricio Ferry

Production Manager US shooting: Geert Van Goethem

Production Manager

Studio Shooting: Phyllis Digneffe

Assistant Director: Hans Van Nuffel

Director of Photography
US shooting: Chris Renson Hans Sonneveld
Europe: Hans Sonneveld
Canada: Jan Dellaert
Far East: Bart Maes
Japan: Lieven Van Baelen
United Emirates: Lut Vandekeybus

Studio Shootings
Camera Frank: Theys
Light & setting: Frank Haesevoets
Sound Engineer: Bart Maes
Make-up: Monique van Hassel
Editing: Hans Meijer
Compositing: Peter Claes
3D Animation: E-Spaces
Production Assistant: Karin Vandenrydt
Archive Research: Jan De Coster
Voice Over: Jay McMahon
Legal Advice: Johan Blomme

Interviewees (in order of appearance)

Dr. Joseph Rosen MD — Professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hemphire

Natasha Vita More — transhumanist artist

Dr. Theodore Berger Ph. D. - Biomedical Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering ,University

of Southern California, Los Angeles

Bruce Sterling — science fiction author

Dr. Robert Wjhite Ph. D. - neurosurgeon, cleveland medical hospital, Ohio

Dr. Gregory Stock — Director of the Program on Medicine, Technology and Society, UCLA's School of

Public Health

Dr. Eric D. Green — Ph. D. NHGRI (National Human Genome Research Institute), scientific director

Dr. Jean-Jacques Cassiman — Dr. of Biogenetics at the KULeuven

Max More Ph. D. — President of the Extropy Institute

Hans Moravec Ph. D. — Principal Research Scientist at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon

University — Author of "Mind Children"

Ray Kurzweil — CEO Kurzweil Technologies Inc. — author of "The Age of Spiritual Robots"

Mark Tilden — Robotics Physicist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Anne Foerst — Theologian at MIT AI-lab

Dr. Michel Baudry — neurologist at the UCLA

Dr. Yang Dan — Professor of Neurobiology , University of California

Prof. Jeff W Lichtman, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge,


Dr. Thomas De Marse, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of


Dr. Marvin Minsky — Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Science Professor, Prof. At MIT

Ralph C. Merkle — engineer of nanotechnology at Xerox Park

Prof, Dr Carlo D. Montemagno Chairman, Department of Bioengineering, Roy & Carol Doumani

Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Boelter Hall, University of California, Los Angeles

Robert Anton Wilson — author

Terence McKenna — ethno botanist, author of "The Archaic Revival"

Dr. David Noble - Historian, author of "Science & Religion"

Kirkpatrick Sale — author of "Rebels against the Future"

Prof. Dr. Hugo De Garis — Head of "UTAH-BRAIN project", Utah State University / Artificial Brain


Dr. Stephen Coles — gerontologist

Dr. Aubrey De Grey — Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, UK

John Rodriguez — president of Transtime Inc.

Jim Yount — president of The American Cryonic Institute

Margareth Wertheim — Historian, author of "God & Physics"

Dr. Richard Seed Ph. D. - Physicist, cloning researcher

Anders Sandberg — Ph.D. Computer Science

Mark Pesce — Lecturer of Interactive media, developper of VRLM

Ian Buruma — author of "Occidentalism"

Dr. Kayazuki Hamada — president of the Future Technologies Research Institute, Tokyo

Lama Karta

Dr. Richard Thompson — Ph.D. Mathematics — member of the Vedic Movement

Youssouf Kazen — Rabbi of the Jewish Hassidic Commnunity

Frank Tipler — Ph.D. Prof of Mathematics , Tulane University, author of "The Physics of Immortality"

Prof. Dr. Osman Bakar — Georgtown University, Malaysia Chair of Islam in South East Asia, Centrum

for Muslim-Christian Understanding, History and International Relations

Rael — spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement

Technocalyps - Frank Theys, 2006

Are we prepared for dealing with the prospect that humanity is not the end of evolution? Technocalyps is a three-part documentary on the notion of transhumanism. The latest findings in genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, bionics and nanotechnology appear in the media every day, without any analysis, however, of what seems to be their common aim: that of exceeding human limitations and creating higher, transhuman forms of life. This documentary is an enquiry into the scientific, ethical and metaphysical dimensions of technological development. The film includes interviews with top experts and thinkers on the subject worldwide, including Marvin Minsky, Ray Kurzweil, Terence McKenna, Hans Moravec, Bruce Sterling, Robert Anton Wilson, David Noble, Margareth Wertheim, the Dalai Lama and many others.

Part 1: Transhuman
Leading scientists from the different fields of genetics, artificial intelligence, brain research and nanotechnology talk about their research. Their prognoses for the near future share one idea: we are on the edge of a transhuman era where we will face the option to improve or surpass the human kind as we know it.

Part 2: Preparing for the Singularity
Advocates and opponents of a transhuman future are weighed against each other. Prognoses are made about when we can expect the transhuman revolution and how people are already preparing for it now.

Part 3: The digital Messiah
This part covers the metaphysical consequences of the new technological revolution. On the one hand, scientists start using metaphysical concepts to describe the impact of their research. On the other hand, a surprisingly large number of scientific projects is inspired by religious aspirations and more and more theologians from any religious or spiritual belief are getting interested in these aspirations of new technology, making the discussion inextricably complex.


L’imagerie de Technocalyps, de par la variété des images utilisées, de leur provenance et de leur réalisation technique sort du cadre habituel du genre documentaire. Ce film transmet les tensions émotionnelles et expressives d’un sujet épineux et estompe les frontières établies entre l’art et le documentaire. Finalement, en paraphrasant Dominique Bacqué selon laquelle il faudrait ‘penser le document (…) comme une formidable machine á penser », on constate que Frank Theys a construit une « machine aux images » (documentaires et artistiques) afin de repenser les formes et les contenus du document.

– Alexander Streitberger, Technocalyps, DITS, n° 8-9


Technocalyps is een indrukwekkende trip doorheen technologische ontwikkelingen en wetenschappelijke fantasieën, maar is bovenal een rijke ideëendocumentaire. Frank Theys heeft ervoor gezorgd dat de vaak utopische discours van de wetenschappers wordt afgewisseld met de nuchtere blik van de kunstenaar. Het is die blik die uiteindelijk klaarheid brengt door de vaak complexe theorieën aan kunsthistorische en filosofische bespiegelingen te verbinden.

– Niels Van Tomme, De wetenschapper als hedendaagse kunstenaar, hART, juni 2006