Anti-Spacesuit: The Dirty Future | Chicago Reader

Anti-Spacesuit: The Dirty Future

This is one of the strangest—in a good sense—curated video programs I've seen. Its 11 works are described as proposing “a future that is in stark opposition to the utopic visions of shiny cybernetic worlds,” which is doubtless why Forcefield's The Sad Robot (1996) features an actor stumbling about clad in the hokiest robot costume imaginable. Stephanie Rothenberg's The Mysterious Disappearance of Akirema pairs high tech and low to parody TV's “unsolved mystery” format with a story about the inventor of a “cyber divining rod”—shown on-screen as a wire-frame diagram—who goes missing. One of the best, Animal Charm's Ashley (1997), subverts the sterility of bourgeois life by following images of a man displaying a horrific chest wound with scenes of a vacuous suburban couple and visual references to fashion makeovers. 86 min.

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