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
(IT 2011, 01:20 mins, trailer)
(DE 2013, 3:50 mins)
(NL 2009, 03:34 mins)
(UK 2010, 8:00 mins)
(UK 2006, 08:37 mins)