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

Chu Chin Chow

Chu Chin Chow Walter Forde UK 1934
With Anna May Wong, George Robey, Fritz Kortner
35 mm OV 93 min

arsenal cinema: Technologies of violence

08:00 pm Cinema 2

Soft Materials

Da vinci

Feelers (Esotropia II )

Le système miroir

In Waking Hours

The Quantified Body
Soft Materials Daria Martin UK 2004 Digital file without dialogue 10 min
Da vinci Yuri Ancarani Italy 2012 Blu-ray without dialogue 25 min
Feelers (Esotropia II) Nadav Assor USA 2012 Digital file OV/EnS 16 min
Le système miroir Eva Zornio Switzerland 2015 Digital file OV/EnS 17 min
In Waking Hours Sarah Vanagt & Katrien Vanagt
Belgium 2015 Digital file English and French OV 18 min

Introduced by Maria Morata