In Cultural Counter lntelligence, art and activism meet. Armed with digital cameras and laptops, more and more American artists start fighting for their ideals. Moreover, the warning notes sounded by the counterculture succeed more and more in reaching the general public. Ed Marszewski, the organiser of the Version Festival, the annual epicentre of creative political involvement in Chicago, will present a selection of the best works from the past year.
COUNTER INTELLIGENCE 1
Opening Hours & Venues:
Thursday 28 October, 14:00 – 16:00, Filmtheater t’ Hoogt, Hall 2
Sunday 31 October 20:00 – 22:00, Filmtheater t’ Hoogt, Hall 2
Fresh tactics from a new generation of animation. Editors re-mixing classics, with a radical interpretation inserted. Computer wizards expressing meticulous execution of technique mixing form and content. These digital detournément players suffer carpel tunnel syndrome to contribute ammunition to the information wars.
Knowing Is Half the Battle, GI Joe Psa’s Pt 1
ERIC FENSLER (USA, 2001-2004, VIDEO, 5:00 MIN)
Chicago filmmaker Eric Fensler focuses on videos That are dead and brings them back to life. In this project, he takes animated shorts of old GI Joe’s and gives them new audio tracks.
Alice in Wonderland Or Who Is Guy Debord?
ELECTRODIST (USA, 2003, VIDEO, 23:00 MIN)
This is a wonderful re-ediT of this Disney classic. lt is about time you familiarize yourself with this project that is meant to teach kids a bit about ‘the society of the spectacle’.
Warning Petroleum Pipeline
JAN VAN NUENEN (THE NETHERLANDS, 2004, VIDEO, 4:40 MIN)
Different reasons to go to war.
JASON ARCHER & PAUL BECK (USA, 2004, VIDEO, 4 00 MIN)
The third and latest installment of the infamous trilogy of Bushwhacking by Waking Life animators.
State Of The Union
JASON ARCHER & PAUL BECK (USA, 2002, VIDEO, 4:00 MIN)
The Prez’s popular State of the Union speech detourned via rotoscoping and familiar soundbites.
JASON ARCHER & PAUL BECK (USA, 2003, VIDEO, 4:00 MIN)
Surreal meanderings in the age of Bush. Part 2 of the trilogy of Bushwhacking.
Videos De Paper Rad
PAPER RAD (USA, 2001/2004, VIDEO, 10:00 MIN)
Artist collective Paper Rad synthesizes popular material from television, video games, and advertising, reprogramming them with a neo-primitivist digital aesthetic.
Bush’s Aladin (Arabian Nights)
CHINESE JOHNY (USA, 2003, VIDEO , 3:00 MIN)
Did the Bush Administration use Hanna Barbera Arabian Nights cartoon as a template to invade and occupy lraq?
TON MEIJDAM (NETHERLANDS 2003, VIDEO, 5 00 MIN)
BilL Gates, Big Macs, Hollywood. Way too much is never enough…
Knowing Is Half The Battle, GI Joe Psa’s Pt 2
ERIC FENSLER (USA 2001-2004, VIDEO, 4:00 MIN)
Part two of the work by Eric Fensler contains the lasT videos in the legendary series of Public Service Announcements.
Ed Marszewski― Curator
Apart from the Version Festival, Ed Marsewski also organizes the Select Media Festival and he is the publisher of, amongst others, Lumpen Magazine.