Films in this programme

#063 Monsters

Curated by Hristiana Stamou, Suzanne Verras and Xiang Yu Yeung.

Stamou, Verras and Yeung are students at Leiden University. They curated this programme as part of their internship at Impakt, in relation to the themes of Impakt Festival 2017: Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems.

“Monsters are created to embody the fears and anxieties of being human.”

When we think of monsters we think of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or the infamous vampire Dracula, but monsters do not always take such concrete forms. Racial profiling, gender bias and fear from the outsider are examples of contemporary monstrosities in our society. To understand and deal with these horrific problems and the role of technology in this, we need to engage with them so that we can understand the underlying causes. Our selection of video-works do exactly that: they uncover the monstrous side of technology.

Films in this programme

Face to Facebook
Alessandro Ludovico & Paolo Cirio
(IT 2011, 01:20 mins, trailer)
Stealing 1 million Facebook profiles, filtering them with face-recognition software, and then, posting them on a custom-made dating...
Giddy (Music Video Perera Elsewhere Ft. Gonjasufi)
Ewelina Aleksandrowicz & Andrzej Wojtas (Pussykrew)
(DE 2013, 3:50 mins)
A music video that looks like a desolate post-apocalyptic landscape and an enchanting, shining reality at the same time.
Web 2.0 Suicide Machine
Gordan Savicic
(NL 2009, 03:34 mins)
The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine is a service that helps users tired of MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter, to “commit suicide in social...
The Ethical Governor
John Butler
(UK 2010, 8:00 mins)
Produced in the mock-serious tone of an intragovermental presentation Butler’s Ethical Governor uses black humor to skewer the ethical...
Artificial Worlds V.3.0
Richard Fenwick
(UK 2006, 08:37 mins)
Artificial Worlds V.3.0 depicts a group of people running for their lives, but not from a visible discernible enemy. This monster is...
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