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

La follia (d)e(l)la rivoluzione

*La follia (d)e(l)la rivoluzione
Franco Barbero, Claudio Caligari Italy 1976 16 mm OV/GeS 73 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour: Production Design

07:30 pm Cinema 1

Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse

*Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse Ulrike Ottinger
FRG 1984 With Veruschka von Lehndorff 35 mm OV/EnS 152 min

arsenal cinema: Technologies of Violence

09:00 pm Cinema 2

Bit Plane


As the Coyote Flies


Grid Corrections

As Birds Flying

Bild ex machina
Bit Plane Bureau of Inverse Technology USA 1999 Digital file OV 14 min
Embargo Johann Lurf Austria 2014 Digital file without dialogue 10 min
As the Coyote Flies Adrien Missika Switzerland 2014 Digital file without dialogue 14 min
Tehran-Geles Arash Nassiri F 2014 Digital file OV/EnS 19 min
Grid Corrections Gerco de Ruijter NL 2016 Digital file without dialogue 3 min
As Birds Flying Heba Amin Egypt 2016 Digital file OV/EnS 7 min

Introduced by Maria Morata and Piedad Solans