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Lecture Performance, 2018

lecture performance


Metahaven are an acclaimed artist and design collective known for their films, installations, and writings. With their conceptual and political practice, Metahaven provoke critical new imaginaries, such as with the publication Uncorporate Identity (2010), which traces the connections between corporate and nationalist identities. In recent years, the duo has moved towards filmmaking that is often situated between documentary and fiction. Not only describing but evoking the atmosphere and sensations defining our contemporary moment, Metahaven have captured social, political, and economic actualities in their visually striking and incisive essayistic collages. On the occasion of AB6, Metahaven present the newly composed lecture performance titled Lecture Performance. Drawing on poetry and fiction merged with investigative journalism, Metahaven scrutinize the personalized space offered by corporations, infiltrated by government agencies, the seduction of fake news, and users’ obsession with their own image in the myriad of interfaces that surpass our reality today.

#power #design #data #socialmedia #control #communism #fakenews #burningphones
Sat 24 Nov 2018

Lecture - Performance
Esperia Palace, KINO, 1st floor

Claude Lanzmann (1925-2018) believed that “art and morality are identical.” Lanzmann’s film Shoah, a nine-hour cinematic artwork about the Holocaust, shot on celluloid over a 11-year period in the 1970s and 1980s, embodies a method of inquiry that is pertinent to our present day. It presents a deep literacy-in-the-making about truth, about listening, about transmission of experience, and about deception. Lanzmann, rejecting the usage of found footage, relied exclusively on site visits and first-person accounts. He also constructed scenes in which he re-staged elements of the past in the present. What can be gleaned from Shoah’s method today?


The work of Metahaven consists of filmmaking, writing, design, and installations, and is united conceptually by interests in poetry, storytelling, digital superstructures, and propaganda. Films by Metahaven include The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda) (2015), Information Skies (2016), Possessed (2018, with Rob Schröder), Hometown (2018) and Eurasia (Questions on Happiness) (2018). Publications include Digital Tarkovsky (2018), PSYOP (2018), Black Transparency (2015) and Uncorporate Identity (2010). Their work is screened, published, and exhibited worldwide.