In its 2017 Theme programme the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen looks at the history of utopian hope universally pronounced to be dead in our present day and age
“Why we’re losing the Internet to the culture of hate”, the cover of the August 2016 issue of Time magazine read. Ever since Donald Trump won the US elections, the prevalent topic of discussion is whether the internet is a failed utopia. But exactly what kind of utopia is this and what types of participatory media existed before the internet? In its Theme programme ‘Social media before the internet’, curated by Tilman Baumgärtel, Oberhausen will look at pre-digital forms of media by everyone for everyone and ask whether current developments were already foreshadowed in the early media experiments and what these can contribute to a re-assessment of our current situation.
Curated by Tilman Baumgärtel, including works by Yi Cui, Chai Siris, Zhong Su, Ayo Akingbade, Amber Bemak, Nadia Granados, Boris Poljak, Ivan Jose Murgic Capriotti, Sofia Lena Monardo, Zhong Su, Ico Costa, Hao Jingban, Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann, Katie Davies, Jovana Reisinger, Ulu Braun, Laurentia Genske, Uriel Orlow, Tim Nowitzki, Kerstin Honeit, Markus Mischkowski, Kai Maria Steinkühler, Moïra Himmelsbach, Eszter Jánka, Dean Ruddock, Aude Cuenod, Martin Turk, John Sheedy, Antoneta Kusijanović, Naghmeh Farzaneh, Claire Randall, Egil Pedersen, Christoph Girardet, DJ Hell, Zeljko Vidovic, and Mariola Brillowska
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