Media Arts Program

Sunday, June 8, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

Critical Art Ensemble

Critical Art Ensemble: Videos (1986-1993)

Presented in person by members of CAE
In conjunction with the exhibition SEIZED, Hallwalls presents an evening of shorts by Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). This program is a look back at the juvenilia of the collective. Rarely do these films see the dark of theater, not just because they were intended to be parts of larger multi-media events, but because they are extremely awkward works. This selection of shorts includes: Shorts; Mirror of Reduction; Baudrillard's Lasso; Godard Revisited; Misappropriation (After Andy Warhol); Indefinite Concrete Material; Speed and Violence; Excremental Culture; Hyperbole and Insubordination; An Immortal's Distractions; Less than Utopia; Crystals and Praxis; Isou's Chisel; Ideological Virus; Sign of Desire; Foucault's Paradox. They are emblematic of the group's eight-year struggle to harmonize the dialogue between theory and practice. Apocalypse and Utopia was the last video that CAE made (although the group has recently been using video once again). When the Web went on-line in that year, CAE abandoned video in favor of graphic user interfaces. Five theorists (Autonomedia Collective, Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, Greg Ulmer, Tom Kalin, and CAE) attempt to live theoretical interpretations of culture in this "associational documentary."

Some publications related to this event:
June, July and August, 2008 - 2008