Jailbreak Programme 2

Jailbreaking is defined as the process of overriding software limitations in computer systems, and gaining root file access in smart phones and tablet devices in order to execute modifications and  install third-party components. The term stands for the shift from user as consumer to user as a more active producer and operator of information.

Looking at the history of radio and television, jailbreaking recalls works of art and media activism that examined the media of the “analogue” age, and were also aimed at appropriating and breaking the hierarchical relationship between sender and receiver inherent in electronic mass communication. Jailbreak combines historical and contemporary works of video art, experimental and corporate film. By taking the new culture of computer software privilege escalation as a background metaphor, the two programs reflect on the potentials and limits of reciprocity in our information and media driven society.

The constantly shifting power relationship on the Internet between users and owners, producers and mediators, individuals and corporations functions as a thematic denominator to the films in Jailbreak #2. The programme also expresses tribute to Dutch media history by presenting Hans Richter’s early film Europa Radio for Philips as well as performative video works by Thomas Klinkowstein and General Idea, produced in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht around early 1980s.

Hans Richter, Europa Radio, (NL 1931, 9 min)
Tom Klinkowstein, Levittown/How We Communicate, ( NL 1982, 9 min)
General Idea, Test Tube, (Ca 1979, 28 min)
Oliver Laric, Versions, (DE 2009, 6:30 min)
Stuart Baker, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, (UK 2009, 4 min)
Dominic GagnonRip in Pieces America, (CA 2009, 21 min)


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