Digital Plays

Digital Plays

Date: 
01.02.2014 18:00
Festival edition: 
2014
Format: 
Screening
Location: 
HKW
Lecture Hall

Digital Plays is playfully and ironically dedicated to the cinematic fiction that so often—and usually unintentionally—ends up in the Trash. | With works by Elizabeth Vander Zaag, Ella Raidel, Ho Tzu Nyen, Neïl Beloufa, Keren Cytter, Beatrice Gibson

Digital Plays is playfully and ironically dedicated to the cinematic fiction that so often—and usually unintentionally—ends up in the Trash. The Digit series is based on early artistic computer manipulation and counteracts the male-dominated digital world with a fictional female character, who questions the difference between humans and machines, sexuality and hardware and—naturally—the future of humanity. The Play Life Series documents the filming of Chinese soap operas—including swordsman being flung into ditches. In Gould a man’s head appears in front of a black background, devoid of any context, and is pushed around by a hand to classical music. One of the cheap plastic parts in a studio-made beach scene becomes a path to hollow vanities in Party Island. Video Art Manual gives ‘laconic’ instructions for making fictional video art. The Tiger’s Mind is a puzzlingly narrated thriller in which the elements of the film, such as the music and special effects, become characters.

Digit Reproduces, Elizabeth Vander Zaag, ca 1977, 2 min
Digit Porn, Elizabeth Vander Zaag, ca 1977, 2 min
Digit Recalls the Future, Elizabeth Vander Zaag, ca 1978, 3 min
Digit & Man, Elizabeth Vander Zaag, ca 1980, 3 min *
Play Life Series, Ella Raidel, au/ch 2011, 11 min
Gould, Ho Tzu Nyen, sg 2013, 2 min
Party Island, Neïl Beloufa, fr 2012, 8 min
Video Art Manual, Keren Cytter, de/il 2011, 15 min
The Tiger's Mind, Beatrice Gibson, uk 2012, 23 min

* = Artist will attend Q&A

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