September 5 | 21:00
Greetings to you, the natives of the silicon world! The informational technologies that were there to improve our lives have carefully squeezed us in their soft totalitarian clutch. The films in this programme will show us that these technologies can still be used for benefit, how they can be appropriated with a new goal or to be adapted to, however, with the risk of becoming otaku person, or disappearing at the digital dance floor or infuriating the friendly AI. This machine of progress is heading to the edge of the abyss one way or another – so we'd better have some fun on the way.
Running time 87 min.
France | 08:04 | 2018
Disney's big boss, Bob Iger said "Hitler would have loved social media." He would have felt at ease in our time of soft totalitarianism (less and less soft actually). What if we put down our smartphones and opened our eyes wide shut? Plato had said that we should come out of the cave. In 2019, it is not too late to follow his advice.
Hong Kong | 03:25 | 2018
It is a day of Hong Kong after 1997. "Handover" to China represents another instance of colonization. When the freedom is disappearing, and living space is so limited. People in the city embrace technology and desire for happiness. The new model of Hi-tech machine launches every day, and people buy their updates and upgrade to escape from reality.
Sweden | 02:08 | 2018
After Hours is based on video material captured on the dance floors of Second Life, where, due to lagging graphics, the avatars appear as scattered body parts and pieces of clothing. A distorted discotheque, a lingering reflection of the fast paced technological development of the contemporary world, in which various forms, material and virtual, are rapidly transformed and abandoned to give place to new ones.
Canada | 02:40 | 2018
“bearing” composes Google 360° Sphere photographs from Yemen with recorded data from over 327 US military drone attacks in Yemen between 2002 to 2018. These records were further researched according to their geographic location. Each region of attack with its longitude and latitude is then remapped to a planar image that is used to create the image sphere. Hence, the camera reveals the rotational coordinates and timing of each attack, visualizing the 17-year period into about 2 and a 1/2 minutes of animation.
New Zealand | 06:19 | 2018
Blue Spring is a particularly beautiful section of the Waihou River. Just as one part of the river cannot speak for the surrounding ecosystem, the film asks the viewer to consider a wider scope, to consider our perception of the natural environment as one layered in extraneous images and preconceptions, overpowering ecological histories and enabling environmental degradation. Blue Spring is a game world attempting to be natural, yet drowning in digital debris.
United Kingdom | 05:55 | 2019
A feverish Youtube countdown video exploring how viral memes evolve, particularly Creepypasta stories (online horror stories spread through ‘copy and paste’). Using a cast of imaginary digital hybrids, the film evokes themes of mutation, technological anxiety and bodily transformation.