Network Pessimism: Welcome to the New Dark Age!
On December 16th, LUX will present an evening of utopian speculation on the possibility of alternatives to the ‘networked state of mind’ that so pervades contemporary neoliberal and radical thought.
French filmmaker Louis Henderson will present his two most recent works All That Is Solid (2014) and Black Code/Code Noir (2015). Both films offer materialist readings of the internet and digital technologies to reveal certain sedimented processes of exploitation.
BlackCode/CodeNoir (20 minutes 50 seconds Colour/B&W) unites temporally and geographically disparate elements into a critical reflection on two recent events: the murders of Michael Brown and Kajieme Powell by police officers in USA 2014. Archaeologically, the film argues that behind this present situation is a sedimented history of slavery preserved by the Black Code laws of the colonies in the Americas. These codes have transformed into the algorithms that configure police Big Data and the necropolitical control of African Americans today. Yet how can we read in this present? How can we unwrite the sorcery of this code as a hack? Through a historical détournement the film suggests the Haitian Revolution as the first instance of a hacking of the Black Code and thus as a past symbol for a future hope.Louis Henderson creates films that investigate the networked links between colonialism, technology, capitalism and history.
The screening with be followed by a conversation about network pessimism and the potential of the ‘paranodal’, between Henderson and Zach Blas, an artist and writer whose work engages technology, queerness, and politics.
LUX is located on the 3rd Floor of Shacklewell Studios, 18 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EZ.
Credits: Above text originally published at lux.org.uk.