A Manifold of Maybes
The existential uncertainty posed by the open-endedness of the future seems to be of all times and places. Everywhere people look for omens of good fortune or fateful catastrophes, imagine, predict, and speculate. This screening programme seeks to show different figurations of ways in which we are directed towards the openness of the future as a manifold of maybes.
The star system was the method of creating, promoting and exploiting stars in Hollywood films. Movie studios would select promising actors and glamorize and create personas for them, putting an emphasis on the image rather than the acting.
Nothing Replaces Work
Despite the fact that more and more work can be done by AI and algorithms, and physical labor is making way for service work, exhaustion seems more pervasive than ever.
Homo Ludens: Man the Player
Games are often seen as a sphere apart or an escape from reality, but is that really true? This program shows the many ways in which game and play are entangled with our daily lives.
With the focus on the concept of the cyborg, which is a being with both organic and mechanic parts, this program explores different conceptions of a cybernetic organism.
A valuable trait of the human species is our ability to collect, systematize, constantly upgrade and distribute information for the purpose of creating knowledge. One manifestation of this ability is the development of science.
Arteries of Asphalt, Veins of Steel
In the mid-1960s, as the automobile began to reshape European infrastructure on an unprecedented scale. The Swedish Geographer Torsten Hägerstrand first described practical distance as a function of the time it takes to get from A to B, including additional constraints such as the cost and ease of travel.
Lamina of the Land
Passing through space, transportational infrastructure crosses landscapes without seeming to interact with them.
I Shop Therefore I Am
In the 1920s Edward Bernays wondered how he could remove the negative connotations associated with the concept of propaganda, and deploy it in times of peace. In search for an answer, he turned to his uncle Sigmund Freud’s philosophy – of humans being driven by their subconscious desires. Bernays introduced his new concept of ‘public relations’ to American corporations which could use it to make people want things they didn’t need, by linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires.
Divergent Histories, Dissonant Wars
“Never again shall a single story be told as though it were the only one.”
Gabriel García Márquez wrote his book ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ with a special focus on love in various ways. Friendships, marriage, and forbidden love were influenced by the historical time where García Márquez’s characters are placed. Now, how is love in times of technology?
Films challenge the stereotypes associated with the narratives in which women live. They show how the preconceived notions about gender are embedded in every aspect of our lives.
The Visual Manipulation Of The Mind
Moving images are, in their essence, a visual manipulation; a sequence of still images becomes a moving image.
Down the Rabbit Hole
Is the search for reality like an endless sliding-down-and-into the rabbit hole? Or, is it just a temporary tunnel that can lead to a more stable answer? When and how do we make a conscious decision on any given situation? Welcome to the Rabbit Hole!
Modern warfare rapidly fuses with high technologies. Smart missiles, lasers, drones and other weapons demonstrate horrifying, but at the same extent spectacular military results. However, the biggest change comes with developments in media and the complicated relation between war and its image. The most decisive victories take place not on the battlegrounds anymore, but on our own screens.
Apps, experiences, and other products are being marketed as if they are magical solutions to problems we may have or seem to have in our lives.
“Monsters are created to embody the fears and anxieties of being human.”