Waves

Production country: 
se
Year: 
2014/15
Duration: 
19'
Format: 
film/video

Departing from Virginia Woolf's experimental novel The Waves from 1931, Lisa Tan's video imagines how consciousness forms in relation to society and its technologies, but also to expressions of geological and hydrological processes. Filmed at the threshold of land and sea, a conversation unfolds between disparate hydro-relations, such as Woolf's prose, Gustave Courbet's paintings of waves, Google's data centers cooled by the Baltic Sea, invisible jelly fish, and transoceanic cables. Culture commonly uses natural metaphors to discuss contemporary technology, terms like "oceans of data," or "sea of information" are used to describe the internet. If we could extend those metaphors, what are the waves within those oceans and seas?

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