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AFROGALACTICA

EPFC | February 13th, 2017

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Christina Battle

VISIONS OF A POTENTIAL FUTURE

Video #2:
AFROGALACTICA- A brief history of the future (teaser) – Kapwani Kiwanga – https://vimeo.com/41449171

In October, 2016 online publication The Intercept obtained a video made by the Pentagon for an internal military audience. The 5 minute video, titled “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” presents a view of the future, specifically of global cities: “The video is nothing if not an instant dystopian classic: melancholy music, an ominous voiceover, and cascading images of sprawling slums and urban conflict. ‘Megacities are complex systems where people and structures are compressed together in ways that defy both our understanding of city planning and military doctrine,’ says a disembodied voice. ‘These are the future breeding grounds, incubators, and launching pads for adversaries and hybrid threats.’”

Used by the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University as a training guide against “The Emerging Terrorism Threat,” the video gives us a clue into just how our militaries are preparing for the future. From The Intercept: “‘This is the world of our future,’ warns the narrator of ‘Megacities.’ ‘It is one we are not prepared to effectively operate within and it is unavoidable. The threat is clear. Our direction remains to be defined. The future is urban.’”

This is where we begin. Throughout the month of February, as part of Echo Park Film Centre’s Marvelous Movie Mondays, I will present three alternative visualizations of what the future might look like as proposed by media artists. I see visualizing the future as a strategy for creating it – a way to see the potentials for how it might be, how it could be, and to help us to imagine strategies that might make it better. And, as it is no doubt clear from your various social media feeds, we need alternative visualizations now more than ever.

With notes from:
Turse, Nick. “Pentagon Video Warns of “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future for World’s Biggest Cities.” The Intercept. 13 Oct. 2016.

Visions Of A Potential Future

EPFC | February 8th, 2017

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Christina Battle

VISIONS OF A POTENTIAL FUTURE

In October, 2016 online publication The Intercept obtained a video made by the Pentagon for an internal military audience. The 5 minute video, titled “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” presents a view of the future, specifically of global cities: “The video is nothing if not an instant dystopian classic: melancholy music, an ominous voiceover, and cascading images of sprawling slums and urban conflict. ‘Megacities are complex systems where people and structures are compressed together in ways that defy both our understanding of city planning and military doctrine,’ says a disembodied voice. ‘These are the future breeding grounds, incubators, and launching pads for adversaries and hybrid threats.’”

Used by the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University as a training guide against “The Emerging Terrorism Threat,” the video gives us a clue into just how our militaries are preparing for the future. From The Intercept: “‘This is the world of our future,’ warns the narrator of ‘Megacities.’ ‘It is one we are not prepared to effectively operate within and it is unavoidable. The threat is clear. Our direction remains to be defined. The future is urban.’”

This is where we begin. Throughout the month of February, as part of Echo Park Film Centre’s Marvelous Movie Mondays, I will present three alternative visualizations of what the future might look like as proposed by media artists. I see visualizing the future as a strategy for creating it – a way to see the potentials for how it might be, how it could be, and to help us to imagine strategies that might make it better. And, as it is no doubt clear from your various social media feeds, we need alternative visualizations now more than ever.

With notes from:
Turse, Nick. “Pentagon Video Warns of “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future for World’s Biggest Cities.” The Intercept. 13 Oct. 2016.

Video #1:
Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity: https://vimeo.com/187093104

LUPER

EPFC | January 30th, 2017

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Brian C. Short

SOUND & MOTION

Luper – A duet from Gloria’s Cause, choreographed by Dayna Hanson for dancers Jim Kent and Jessie Smith. Shot by Benjamin Kasulke in summer 2011 for the feature film Improvement Club.

https://vimeo.com/54582252

Sacred Revolution

EPFC | January 23rd, 2017

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Brian C. Short

SOUND & MOTION

“Sacred Revolution” by Susanna, from the album Triangle, released by SusannaSonata. Video by Helge Sten, whom some may know as Deathprod. Sourced from the moire patterns of a CRT monitor, this oceanic video is both subtle and precise.

https://vimeo.com/163830235

 

The Park – Privacy Rules

EPFC | January 18th, 2017

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Brian C. Short

SOUND & MOTION

The Park – Privacy Rules is the first part of Robert Ashley’s four-part opera for television, Perfect Lives. First broadcast in 1983, its vintage shows in the chunky video compositing, effects, et al. Neither can I speak well for its unfortunate costuming choices, or even much of the music. I think the real power of this work lies in the text and Ashley’s delivery of it, and given that context, there is a certain consistent sensibility to the presentation, in that it sustains a vivid sense of the hypnagogic, and that is hauntingly effective. The soundtrack to this opera provided near-constant background to work I was doing in 1996, and when colleagues heard what I was listening to, they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. but I wanted nothing more than to find my own voice in it. Instead, I found that Ashley’s voice had subsumed me, was always there – not in the background anymore, but foregrounded, an orthogonal commentary to everything I thought, said, did… and it took years for that to stop happening. I’m not exactly sure it has stopped happening. I do love that words are simply plastered with seeming arbitrariness over image.

https://youtu.be/xgS_TYh1rO4