In 1999 The Matrix was released and became a quick hit. Some say it was more than a really good science fiction movie, instead calling it a great retelling of a reluctant savior story in a futuristic world where machines have taken over and the reality you believe is not real, but is only the code the machine pump into your head through the Matrix.
That’s a little more than my head can bear, it feels like my brain is looking into an Escher painting, what’s real, isn’t and what isn’t is. I never thought that hard about it, I just thought the special effects were pretty cool.
So fast forward ten years, and two more installments in the Matrix trilogy and I found out last week that the original Matrix was filmed not only in spots around Sydney, but that significant and important parts of the movie were filmed in my building! I work in the BT building at the corner of Market and Kent, across the street from the Allianz building and just up the street from the AON tower (now the Sydney tower).
I guess that makes me famous and also pretty high tech.
But it also makes me nervous… perhaps the Matrix is generated from within this building, perhaps the machines have already taken over and I’m plugged in right now… I may never know what's real and what's not unless you help by reading these two coded messages.
ENCODED MESSAGE #1
ENCODED MESSAGE #2