IS THIS A GAME TO YOU?
April 3 2019
British Film Institute
London SE1 8XT, UK
Curated by Matt Turner/Lost Futures
Counter-Charge (Alex Hovet | 2016 | USA |13’)
She Puppet (Peggy Ahwesh | 2001 | USA | 15’)
Post-Newtonianism (Josh Bricker | 2012 | USA | 6’)
Modern Warfare (Claire L. Evans | 2010 | USA | 5’)
Swatted (Ismaël Joffroy-Chandoutis | 2018 | France | 21’)
RECKONING 4 (Kent Lambert | 2016 | USA | 10’)
Self Destruction for Eternity (Wei Ming Ho | 2011 | Taiwan | 6’)
Machinima (a portmanteau of machine and cinema) is the process of using real-time computer graphics engines to create a cinematic production. Though few use the term, artists have been experimenting with this mode for almost as long as computer games have existed. Across a series of short films featuring various videogame environments, this eclectic programme proposes that just as games can be art, art can also be games. The 80 minutes screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Full programme TBA.
The machinima retrospective is part of the ongoing Raised by the Internet series:
In the year when the internet turns 30 – and as part of our ongoing celebration of this through the umbrella project ‘Born Digital’ – we investigate how it has infiltrated moving-image culture and created new approaches to cinematic aesthetics. The films programmed here range from early techno-thrillers to contemporary desktop documentaries. Digital boogeymen, hidden corners of the dark web, message-board etiquette and political manipulations are explored by filmmakers who have taken the visual and narrative language that has emerged from online media platforms and adapted it to the big screen, creating new genres and subverting existing ones in the process. In ‘Raised by the Internet,’ the web is not the subject but the language. (Anna Bogutskaya)