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Jun 28, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Prison House of Technology

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Technology is frequently thought of as the handmaiden of progress, where ever increasing technological development signals further human growth, the shrinking of geographical distances, the promotion of human rights, the accessibility of almost infinite amounts of information, and the growth of new avenues for creativity. In sum, technology is good.

However, the influence of technology in our everyday lives has become so commonplace, so normal, that many aren’t even aware of it, or of the possible dangers of technological media intruding into and taking over our everyday lives. Consumer technology combined with the dream of efficient globalized markets makes technology not only an indispensable necessity, but also an unstoppable beast.

Whether chained to technology, or freed by technology, the videos and films in this program reflect our immersion in the technological world. Some question development; some reveal confusion; some poeticize technological media; others reflect pre-technological myths, but all in some way or other, disclose the experience of living inside the prison house that technology has become.

Please Insert the DV tape

by Yin-Ju Chen

1 minute, video, 2003

Video technology’s language of errors

New York Premiere

Predictions

by Katherin McInnis

1 minute, video, 2003

A very close look at the Musée Mécanique of San Francisco

New York Premiere

False Friends

by Sylvia Schedelbauer

5 minutes, video, 2007

An anxious interplay of memory and projection

New York Premiere

San Quentin, CA 94964

by Katherin McInnis

7 minutes, video, 2007

the boundaries between public, state, and private space

New York Premiere

Transactions

by Yin-Ju Chen

8 minutes, video, 2008

Credit card expenses and calling home.

New York Premiere

Three Decades of Static

by Yin-Ju Chen

4 minutes, video, 2006

In a unique architectural structure, the artist imagines three decades of herself.

New York Premiere

Landscapes in Alphabetical Order

by Katherin McInnis

1 minute, video, 2003

Index stills from the Internet archive with the keyword “archive”

New York Premiere

technology by timecode

by Katherin McInnis

1 minute, video, 2004

New York Premiere

destruction by date

by Katherin McInnis

1 minute, video, 2004

New York Premiere

Push Button

by Gibbs Chapman

16 minutes, 16mm film, 2004

The quest for a current immediacy or an ease of operation has created a culture of lethargy and ignorance of new proportion.

FIRST HALF 45 minutes

INTERMISSION

Suprematist Kapital

by Yin-Ju Chen and James T. Hong

5 minutes, video, 2006

A symbolic history of the West.

New York Premiere

A Portrait of Sino-American Friendship

by James T. Hong

4 minutes, video, 2008

New York Premiere

The Coldest War Part 1

by James T. Hong

7 minutes, video, 2006

A presentation of some of China’s new policies.

Mockup on Mu (Chapter 8 excerpt)

by Craig Baldwin

8 minutes, video, 2008

A short history of rocketry and the weaponization of space

New York Premiere

This Shall Be A Sign

by James T. Hong

32 minutes, video, 2008

Interpretation, conflict, sovereignty, and the power of technology

New York Premiere

SECOND HALF 56 minutes

Details

Date
Jun 28, 2008
Time
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Program:

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