The Science fiction film A necessary music is about modernist social housing. Gibson explores the social imaginary of a utopian landscape Roosevelt Island which is situated between Manhattan and Queens. The cinematic impressions are beeing attended by voices of the inhabitants and an insistent music inspired by the composer Robert Ashley.
A Space Exodus quirkily sets up an adapted stretch of Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey in a Middle Eastern political context. The film follows the director herself onto a phantasmagoric journey through the universe, echoing Kubrick’s thematic concerns for human evolution, progress and technology.
Along with rapid economic development, the city of Beijing has been sprawling in all directions, dumping enormous amounts of garbage in its suburban areas. The central point in Liu Wei’s video is on the one hand the constantly growing piles of garbage and on the other hand the local residents, mostly farmers, who have to maintain their subsistence by re-using this urban waste.
In Optical Vacuum Dariusz Kowalski presents surveillance sequences from various public and semi-public locations on Internet sites that are not supposed to be accessible. The shown images of workplaces, conference rooms, winter landscapes, laundromats and gambling tables are accomanied by intimate, diary-like commentary by artist Stephen Mathewson.
The documentary film Kempinski does not follow any script, the plot developes itself by specific “game rules”. The residents of a small African village in Mali speak in interviews about a new, fictional presence. They tell stories about a future magical world, which appear to be connected with African culture.
The animation Rebel with a cause desribes the journey of a t-shirt. Beginning with the cotton fields in Texas, the processing in India, Taiwan and China, the t-shirt travels a long way until it reaches the counter in order to be sold. The environmental effects are multifaceted and complex and the prices low.
The digital video shows the vision of a new virtual world. At the beginning, the film appears to be a documentary film following a herd of animals moving in a landscape. However, the animals develop increasingly human manners, their own characters, social rules and rites.
"Life is…" refers to the zoologist’s Mat Ridley’s famous statement “Life is one” and is part of a project realised during art & science residency at he KHOJ Artists’ Association and International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Delhi in summer 2007.
In Line of Control the screen is dominated by the video of an ant caught within a drawn circle, unable to get out. It appears as if the ant imagines the impression on the paper formed by the pressure of the pen to be dangerous until the tension builds and finally the ant manages to free itself.