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#028 MANUALS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY (1998)

This program is not to be approached in a normative sense: it is not our intention to indulge into futuristic prescriptions. When curating this program, no crystal ball was available to us to predict what the hell was going to happen in the upcoming century. And who would care anyway? A whole generation has come of age politically with slogan ‘No future!’. The future was (and we dare to say still is) NOT what it used to be.

On the edge of the 21st century, our focus was resolutely on the present, on what was going on around us and how we were all coping with the delights and depressions of life. The question of how to adequately represent to ourselves the present moment, the actuality of ‘now is central to the show we are presenting. Nothing is more difficult to catch than the sharp edge of the present, fleeting and complex as it is. Most of the works we present in Manuals for the 21st century address this difficulty of representing the present, even more than the impossibility of predicting the future.

Films in this programme

HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN LUCY
TXUSPO POYO
(SPAIN 1995,15:52 MINS.)
In an era of post-ecological sustainability, where our planet is running out of basic resources, humanity turns to the wide expanse of...
INVOLUNTARY CONVERSION
JEANNE C. FINLEY
(UNITED STATES 1991, 9:00 MINS.)
In a time of “permanent pre-hostility”(peace) where an “energetic disassembly”(nuclear explosion) is imminent, a disembodied...
WAYSTATION
HALFLIFERS
(USA 1996, 4:50 MINS.)
A strange Good Samaritan figure in a vivid red suit takes pity on a retching soldier who drags himself through the vile green, almost...
Cable Xcess
Kristin Lucas
(US 1996, 4:35 mins)
Cable Xcess is a public service announcement/infomercial which informs viewers about the consequences of long term exposure to...
HOST
KRISTIN LUCAS
(UNITED STATES 1997, 7:41 MINS.)
Unfortunately this video is not available on the Impakt Channel. In this video, Lucas performs characters on both sides of the screen....
DONOR
KEVIN AND JENNIFER MCCOY
(UNITED STATES 1995, 5:00 MINS.)
Unfortunately this video is not available on the Impakt Channel. Donor examines the new psychological terrain full quantification of the...