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Friday, May 20 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Future Projections: Memories of the Space Age - The Dead Astronaut

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Sabine Gruffat + Jesse McLean + Harun Farocki + Pierre Huyghe + Rachel Rose + Wojciech Bakowski + Peter Burr

“A dozen astronauts had died in orbital accidents, their capsules left to revolve through the night sky like the stars of a new constellation…” – JG Ballard

As virtual self is replaced by virtual selves, a rapidly expanding world of cyber-explorers is abandoned and set adrift, left to orbit the ever-infinite WWW. Left without an end command, they scale hyper-mountains (McLean), stretch themselves into depressing new pixel-shapes (Bakowski), exhibit predictively loathsome behavior (Farocki) and wander drunk and chaotic onto the Information Superhighway (Burr).  Like a digital poltergeist, they materialize in the real – crashing through the touchscreen glass of our window-sized screens (Rose), transposing their uncanny visage onto every organic form they touch (Huyghe).  Featuring the world premiere of a new work by NC-based digital media artist Sabine Gruffat!


The Dead Astronaut by Sabine Gruffat (3:00, video, 2016)

Climbing by Jesse McLean (6:00, video, 2009)

Parallel IV by Harun Farocki (11:20, video, 2014)

Untitled (Human Mask) by Pierre Huyghe (20:00, video, 2014)

A Minute Ago by Rachel Rose (10:00, video, 2014)

Suchy Pion (Dry Standpipe) by Wojciech Bakowski (13:00, video, 2012)

Green Red by Peter Burr (10:23, video, 2012)

TRT 73


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

Friday May 20, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Carolina Theatre, Cinema 2