June 2018, arsenal cinema

Technologies of violence


The short film series curated by Maria Morata and Piedad Solans explores the relationship between arts, digital technologies, and the contemporary production of violence over five programs being screened in May and June. Technology as a system of organization, services, and control holds the tools for global domination in machines, the Internet and electronic systems – for a new era of political security whose field of representation is cyberspace. In semio-capitalism, digital images are produced, manipulated, and disseminated by the military complex, the leisure industry and the media and are a powerful instrument of ideological propaganda. The role of the technological image in the digital context opens up critical reflection on the paradoxes of the technosphere which frames them: between transparency and invisibility, control and optimization, utopia and dystopia. The program “Techno-Öko-Zän” (“Techno-Eco-Cene”, 6.6.) examines the influence of technologies on the earth’s eco-systems in the Anthropocene geological epoch and their impact on programmed climate change, which is subject to the economic interests of what is known as the Capitalocene.

The films of the “Der quantifizierte Körper“ (“The Quantified Body”, 13.6.) program focus on the relationship between humans and machines against a backdrop of biotechnology, biometry and recognition technologies. They reflect on artificial intelligence, emotions, neuroscientific image systems, surgical robots and retina experiments. (mm/ps)

A project by Art Santa Mónica, with the support of the Institut Ramon Llull and the Embassy of Spain.

arsenal cinema: Anna May Wong – Star, Icon, Boundary Breaker

07:30 pm Cinema 1

Großstadtschmetterling. Ballade einer Liebe

Großstadtschmetterling. Ballade einer Liebe
Richard Eichberg Germany/UK 1929
With Anna May Wong, Alexander Granach, E. F. Bostwick
35 mm German Intertitles 102 min

Eunice Martins on grand piano
arsenal cinema: Technologies of violence

08:00 pm Cinema 2

All That Is Solid

Deep Weather

The Radiant

All That Is Solid Louis Henderson F 2014
Digital file French and English OV 15 min
Deep Weather Ursula Biemann Switzerland 2013
Digital file English OV 9 min
The Radiant The Otolith Group UK 2012
Digital file OV/EnS 64 min

Introduced by Maria Morata