FUTURE PROJECTIONS : A QUESTION OF RE-ENTRY
Bill Brown + Sabrina Ratté + Harun Farocki + Hollis Frampton + Yuri Ancarani + Sara Magenheimer
“Appearing out of the emptiness and then disappearing again into emptiness.” – Harun Farocki
From an orbiting satellite, everything becomes landscape. Mountain becomes shadow, building becomes mark, that vast expanse of ocean is naught but a field of color. And for that astronaut rotating far above her home planet, the distant Earth has steadily transformed itself into an object resembling nothing more than a glorious synth mirage (Ratté). The question of re-entry becomes a question of scale: how do we return to the everyday when the micro is the macro with a Buchla soundtrack (Frampton), when even the body has become terrain (Ancarani)? The question of re-entry is a question of perspective (Magenheimer). Featuring the world premiere of a new work by NC-based film-and-zinemaker Bill Brown!
A Question of Re-Entry by Bill Brown (3:00, video, 2016)
Sightings: Landfall by Sabrina Ratté (7:00, video, 2014)
Parallel II by Harun Farocki (8:00, video, 2014)
Special Effects by Hollis Frampton (10:30, 16mm, 1972)
Da Vinci by Yuri Ancarani (24:00, video, 2012)
Slow Zoom Long Pause by Sara Magenheimer (13:00, video, 2015)
FUTURE PROJECTIONS is a 9-part screening program of short film and video work drawn from 125 years of techno-prophecy and oracular future-visions. Taking its title from distopian sci-fi author JG Ballard’s short story collection of the same name, each program in Memories of the Space Age follows the thread of a different tale, tracing out a conceptual audiovisual line into the (im)possible horizons of our future planet(s) – an Earth vibrating under the heat of multiple suns, subject to the pull of infinite moons, and peopled by a population not unlike our own. Herein are 45+ short films, videos and movies-with-live-soundtracks conjured forth by the most forward-thinking media artists of our time(s): from computer pioneers to mechanical futurists, FX wizards to analogue feedback architects, landscape holographers to post-human anthropologists, cyber-essayists to Uncanny Valley voyagers, cut-up creationists to magical (un)realists, and 16mm futurologists to digital humanists – Future Projections presents a kinetic and syncretic history of All That Is Yet To Be.
Highlights include an embedded 16mm tribute to the great musician and filmmaker Tony Conrad (RIP); two radical video synth landscapes by Montreal artist Sabrina Ratté; Japanese noise filmmaker Makino Takashi’s 3D-immersive Cinéma Concrete, late German essayist Harun Farocki’s videogame dissection Parallel I-IV, French avant-garde filmmaker Rose Lowder’s flicker tour-de-force Bouquets 21-30, Cauleen Smith’s Eternals-track’d Afrofuturist collage Songs for Earth and Folk, commissions of 9 new shorts by local and national filmmakers, and more!
FEATURING NEW COMMISSIONS BY: Alee Peoples + Bill Brown + Brendan and Jeremy Smyth + Edward Rankus + Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby + Ephraim Asili + Mary Helena Clark + Sabine Gruffat + Stephanie Barber
FEATURING FILMS / VIDEOS BY: Adam Beckett + Barbara Hammer + Basma Alsharif + Beatrice Gibson + Ben Rivers + Cauleen Smith + Chris Marker + David O’Reilly + Deborah Stratman + Doris Chase + Harun Farocki + Hollis Frampton + Jacolby Satterwhite + Jeremy Bailey + Jesse McLean + JJ Murphy + John Whitney + Lawrence Jordan + Lillian Schwartz + Louis Henderson + Makino Takashi + Michael Robinson + Mike Stoltz + OJOBOCA + Peter Burr + Pierre Huyghe + Rachel Rose + Rosa Barba + Rose Lowder + Sabrina Ratté + Sara Magenheimer + Scott Bartlett + Semiconductor + Shambhavi Kaul + Tony Conrad + Wojciech Bakowski + Yuri Ancarani
With support from the Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org