DO THE EVOLUTION
Time travelling through the history of evolution, visions of the future, the merging of organic and inorganic structures, the emergence of new life forms, genetic engineering, artificial offspring, computer fantasies…
The music videos in this program reflect utopian environments in all its variations, sometimes colourful, sometimes black and white. Playful and aesthetic use of visual techniques can leave the laws of space and time behind: three million years of evolution in three minutes, like an acid trip by Charles Darwin. Neither moralising nor polarising, these works evocate a future, a world that lies ahead of us but yet bears the paranoia of the present. Think of the fear of life forms mutated by nuclear catastrophes in the sixties, space fantasies in the seventies and the uncanny of science or the merging of body and technology in the last decades. The musical basis of the video clip allows works in this program to be very condensed and concentrated, it catches the spectator and takes him on a visual time travel. ‘Outer Space – Do the Evolution’ presents futurist fantasies, from alien to alienation.
Right Here Right Now (Fatboy Slim)
Garth Jennings, USA, 1999, 4:00 min.
Special Cases (Massive Attack)
H5, UK, 2003, 4:30 min.
Pleix, France, 2003, 3:00 min.
Do the Evolution (Pearl Jam)
Todd McFarlane & Kevin Altiere, USA, 1998, 4:00 min.
minivegas, UK, 2003, 4:00 min.
Assessment (Beta Band)
John Maclean & Robin Jone, UK, 2004
How Does It Make You Feel? (Air)
Antoine Bardou-Jacquet, France, 2001, 4:30 min.
Matki Wandalki (Felix Kubin)
Mariola Brillowska, Germany, 2004, 2:20 min.
Second Bad Vibel (Autechre)
Chris Cunningham, UK, 1999, 5:00 min.
Earth vs the Flying Saucers (The Residents)
The Residents, USA, 1974, 2:30 min.
Year of the Apocalypse (Jimi Tenor)
Jimi Tenor & Söko Kaukoranta, Finland, 1999, 5:00 min.
Space Oddity (David Bowie)
Mick Rock, USA, 1969, 4:00 min.
Scream (Michael & Janet Jackson)
Mark Romanek, USA, 1998, 5:30 min.
Believe (Chemical Brothers)
Dom & Nic, UK, 2005, 4:00 min.
The Zoo (Funkstörung)
Zeitguised, Germany, 2004, 1:00 min.
Jessica Manstetten is Film and Media scientist and she works for the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in the Music Video Section and for the Duisburger Filmwoche. She is translator, freelance and curator for, among others, Femme Totale, Dortmund; Traumzeit, Duisburg and the International Videofestival Bochum and she writes from time to time.