As part of the Events Programme for Science Fiction: New Death at FACT, we are partnering with The Royal Standard and the network for moving image artists, Outcasting.
Building on the ideas and partnerships developed through The Royal Standard's Testing Bed programme (which ends Friday May 30th) this events sees FACT and The Royal Standard invite Outcasting to present a series of sci-fi shorts.
Outcasting, will be showing three films, Mothership by Jonathan Monaghan, Good Enough for the People by Tricia McLaughlin and Wisconsin Death Trip by James Marsh. These films have a strong sense of the unreal, the disastrous and the uncanny; reflecting the undercurrents of dissent, dissatisfaction, and dis-ease which flow through the exhibition at FACT.
About the films
Jonathan Monaghan / 2014 / 14m 43s / USA
Monaghan appropriates characters and objects from science fiction, advertising, videogames and art history. Absurdly pulling together disparate populist imagery that evokes value, power and technology into a haunting computer animated cinematic loop, Mothership fuses luxury apartments and medical operating rooms, as well as the London skyline and a sacred cow.
The work embezzles not only the elements and protagonists of pop culture and consumerism, but also the subconscious strategies they employ. By playing with and examining the forms and approach of a media saturated contemporary culture Mothership hopes to gain some critical insights on the apparently seamless condition of our lived experience.
This film can also be seen as part of the curated shorts in the Personal Archive of Science Ficition: New Death.
Good Enough for the People
Tricia McLaughlin / 2011 / 2m 53s / USA
The title of this film is taken from a speech by anarchist Emma Goldman, published in 1917. In this short, animated apes bring to life Goldman’s incendiary words about how promoting patriotism can be used as propaganda for selfish political and monetary gains, a sentiment that still holds very true today.
Wisconsin Death Trip
James Marsh / 1999 / 1h 14m / UK
An intimate, shocking and sometimes hilarious account of the disasters that befell one small town in Wisconsin during the final decade of the 19th century. The film is inspired by Michael Lesy’s book of the same name which was first published in 1973. Lesy discovered a striking archive of black and white photographs in the town of Black River Falls dating from the 1890’s and married a selection of these images to extracts from the town’s newspaper from the same decade. The effect was surprising and disturbing.
The town of Black River Falls seems gripped by some peculiar malaise and the weekly news is dominated by bizarre tales of madness, eccentricity and violence amongst the local population. Suicide and murder are commonplace. People in the town are haunted by ghosts, possessed by devils and terrorized by teenage outlaws and arsonists.The film also boasts an end credit score by the exceptional John Cale (The Velvet Underground) with whom Marsh created a BAFTA-winning documentary.
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