the way things are. the way they are going to be. part two
January 26th, 2018
at the Dikeou Main space downtown Denver
1615 California St.
Denver, CO 80202
7:30pm Doors - 8:00pm (not punk time) screening.
$10 or pay what you can. No one turned away.
A screening addressing how our current culture will define and limit the futures available to us.
Artist: Thomas McMahan
Statement: Experimental video utilizing some of the newest 3D animation software and vintage analog gear. A crude visceral observation of society and its array of controlling humanity.
Artist: Hanne Lippard
Statement: In Beige Lippard transforms speech sampling into a polemical treatise on the colour tone beige and its current connotation as a trivial lifestyle colour, opening up a debate about young women and social structures.
Artist: Camilla Edström Ödemark
Statement: Narcissos takes its starting-point in the ancient greek myth of Narcissos, a young hunter who fell in love with his own reflection. In the work, Narcissos comes to represent Western society, caught up between filter bubbles of social media and the rise of far-right extremism and islamophobia. Based on a quote of post-colonial theorist Franz Fanon, ”Europe is the creation of the Third World”, the work argues that Western identity is still dependent on an outer threat, such as the non-European immigrant. Out of fear of the outer we have designed for ourselves a self-reflective system, mirroring eurocentrism and Western norms. Identity becomes a self-reflective project.
Artist: Leslie Supnet
Title: Gains + Losses
Statement: Through situational vignettes, gains + losses illustrates the filmmaker's thoughts on death and other personal, day-to-day anxieties. The work touches on internal grief, tempered with a playful sense of humour and lo-fidelity charm.
Artist: Scott Fitzpatrick
Statement: An extrapolation on a metaphor from Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" (2014); a found-footage video essay regarding fossil fuel extraction, propaganda, the Moon, and historical pastimes.
Artist: Paul Turano
Title: Porcine Dilemma
Statement: In China’s Zhejiang province in early spring of 2013 dead pigs began appearing in multitudes on the Huangpu River, which supplies drinking water to Shanghai’s 26 million residents. When the count was finally complete, over 16,000 were hauled from the water. Speculations arose about the unchecked productivity of pig farming indicating excessive supply despite increased demand (estimated at over half the world’s pork consumption) and the dispatching of pigs as a desperate strategy to maintain market values. Meanwhile, the polluted water that flows into the city’s taps can only be matched by the toxic visions promulgated by apocalyptic evangelicals in America.
Part of the “Repurposed Web Reports” Series:
A series of “reports” composed entirely of media collected from the Internet. Using the web as an investigative archive, these works mine the margins of the public sphere for vicarious insights into the contemporary state of humanity.
Origin: USA and China
Artist: Oliver Harrison
Title: APOCALYPSE RHYME
Statement: Predictions about the apocalypse are frequent. We seem to fixate on the idea that the world will be destroyed because of our moral weakness, yet we ignore the actual systematical, insidious, spoiling of our planet. The idea of the film was to point out his anomaly, this quiet, creeping erosion. A world dying of Alzheimerʼs rather than of a quick heart attack.