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Art Film

Here Is Elsewhere – Sarah Wood

“Right now, for the preservation of life, the citizen is being asked to isolate by staying remote and staying still. Stillness and fixity after an age of speed and motion – it’s quite a shock. Later art can analyse this time; now it can only chronicle it, notice the way in which, in unprecedented times, new phenomena surprise us.

Here’s one. In a sudden and involuntary response to stillness, people are starting to travel without moving. People are voyaging in their minds to visualize places remote from the ones they inhabit. Stillness and fixity, it seems, have unleashed the volition and freedom of our imaginations. Our minds are supplying what the world cannot: waking visions, nighttime dreams, compensating for our circumscribed existence – healing us by making associations. Overnight we’ve become nomads of the imagination – our minds reaching out to others across the world.

Here is Elsewhere is an essay film about this psychological phenomenon, asking whether transformations in perception will enable us to think and live differently in the future.”

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Art Culture Film

Gabriel Salcedo – Falls

Ambient, atmospheric landscape cinematography, the kind of thing we love at Flatland Frequencies.

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Art Culture Film

The Drexciyan Empire: A. Qadim Haqq with Dopplereffekt

New York gallery space The Issue Room hosted this visual and audio event featuring a montage of images from A. Qadim Haqq, author of The Book Of Drexciya, and audio soundscapes from Dopplereffekt. The theme grows on the concept originated by the late James Stinson and Gerald Donald (of Dopplereffekt), an underwater world inhabited by the water breathing descendants of slaves thrown overboard during the Atlantic slave trade.

After the presentation, techno musician and cultural theorist DeForrest Brown, Jr. talks with A Qadim Haqq about the legacy of Drexciya and techno as black futurism.

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Art Experimental Review

Loula Yorke – Crowd Control Vol.1

Tigerforce Records – Oct 10th 2020

Crowd Control Vol.1 is a more thematic and focused offering from Suffolk based sound artist Loula Yorke, in comparison to her more techno-orientated output in ‘Ldols’.

The topic of surveillance capitalism covers the use of digital products such as social media, as a means of surveillance and corporate influence. The term was coined by the work of Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff and is also regularly covered by Silicon Valley commentator Jaron Larnier.

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Art Culture

A Delicate Sight

Sam Winston spent a month living in total darkness. In his blacked-out studio, he created images that were informed by sound, touch and the written word. This film documents his experiences, you can read more on the website A Delicate Sight.