May 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. 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.

Bild ex machina (16.5.) challenges the breakthrough in using images for military purposes in the civil sector. Surveillance from the air and the observation of protected areas and weapons factories are set again the subversive use of drone technologies and Google Earth perspectives.

War machines (23.5.) shows mythologies of violence with their icons, landscapes, war games, and emblematic figures. The films of the program subvert and change digital programs, video games and virtual scenarios and reveal the effects of violence as well as the strategies of destruction and  forced population movement in armed conflict.

Hyperoptics: Visibiltiy or invisibility (31.5.) reflects on digital materiality, data farming, market-oriented analyses of online information and resisting surveillance systems. The series continues in June (mm/ps)

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

arsenal cinema: Archive außer sich: Italy ’68

07:00 pm Cinema 2

Della conoscenza

La sequenza del fiore di carta

Tre ipotesi sulla morte di G. Pinelli


Short Film Program “The New Left – New Form"
*Della conoscenza
Alessandra Bocchetti Italy 1968
16 mm OV/GeS 30 min
La sequenza del fiore di carta Pier Paolo Pasolini I 1969
Print: CSC Cineteca Nazionale 35 mm OV/GeS 12 min
Tre ipotesi sulla morte di G. Pinelli
Elio Petri Italy 1970 Blu-ray OV/GeS 13 min
Totem Giancarlo Buonfino Italy 1970 Beta SP OV/GeS 27 min

Introduced by Fabian Tietke
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour: Production Design

08:00 pm Cinema 1

Blade Runner

Blade Runner Ridley Scott USA 1982
With Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer Final Cut
DCP OV/GeS 117 min

arsenal cinema: Archive außer sich: Italy ’68

09:00 pm Cinema 2

La casa è un diritto non è un privilegio

Lotta per le case

Short Film Program “Political Practice and Urban Space”
La casa è un diritto non è un privilegio
Anna Lajolo, Alfredo Leonardi, Guido Lombardi, Paola Scarnati
Italy 1970 Beta SP OV/GeS 40 min
Lotta per le case Lotta Continua
Italy 1972 16 mm OV/GeS 30 min