The New McLennium

02:02:50 | 2 DVDs

Collection: Curated Compilations

Tags: Animation, Consumer culture, Crime or Violence, Future, Surveillance, Technology

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The New McLennium

As the expansiveness of video and its accompanying new technologies continues to transform our culture and our world, another historical tension is developing—not unlike the technological revolution seen at the last turn of the century. That tension is felt, analyzed, and articulated in all of these recent experimental videos—a tension oscillating between the expansive promise of global communications that inspire new freedoms and social patterns on one hand, and the use of new media forms to simply reinforce existing hierarchies and capitalistic power structures on the other. The spectre of a "brave new world" looms on the horizon—one that is sanitized, homogenized, commodified, and Americanized: the new McLennium.

Curated by Mindy Faber.

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1995 | 08:20
Manifestoon
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Displaying a broad range of Golden Age Hollywood animation, Manifestoon is an homage to the latent subversiveness of cartoons. Though U.S. cartoons are usually thought of as conveyors of capitalist ideologies of consumerism and individualism, Drew...

 

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Tags: animation, consumer culture, hollywood, marxism, media analysis, politics

1997 | 26:45
Papapapa
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An experimental video about immigration. Looking at the potato (which was first cultivated in Peru) Papapapá paints a picture of a vegetable that has traveled and been transformed—following the migrating potato North where it becomes the potato chip...

 

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Tags: family, holiday, post-colonialism

1996 | 05:23
It is a Crime
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Using footage from mainstream British and Hollywood films, and excerpts from a poem by Shani Mootoo, this video explores the impact of cultural imperialism and the erasure of language—residual tools of oppression on members of post-colonial...

 

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Tags: asian-american, post-colonialism

Rumour of True Things
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Most of the moving images produced for science, industry, commerce, and medicine are seen only by specialized audiences, and are then discarded soon after they are made. Rumour Of True Things is constructed entirely from such moving image ephemera,...

 

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Tags: found footage, future, surveillance

Suicide Box
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A documentary video about the B.I.T. Suicide Box — a motion-triggered camera developed by the Bureau of Inverse Technology (a private information agency), and installed within range of the Golden Gate Bridge to capture a video record of anything...

 

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Tags: death and dying, future, surveillance

Shanghaied Text
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A self-described “collage piece” of “stolen images,” Shanghaied Text starts with quiet Montana landscapes, among which are views of a powerful dam. When the dam breaks loose you find yourself “shanghaied” to places unknown, where Kobland confronts...

 

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Tags: future, landscape

ocularis
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This video highlights several narratives concerning video surveillance—not to reiterate the conventional privacy argument but rather to engage the desire to watch surveillance materials and society’s insatiable voyeurism. A variety of subjects...

 

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Tags: asian-american, city, crime or violence, future, surveillance, technology