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Creator of the fascinating photo series Nine Eyes of Google Street View, Jon Rafman mixes irony, humour and melancholy as he explores the paradoxes of modernity. A post-Internet artist, he exploits the potential of new technologies to critique contemporary culture. For the Festival du nouveau cinéma, he is presenting a multifac- eted project designed around his latest film (written by Rafman and Rosa Aiello) whose structure and spirit rely on forms of knowledge generated by Wikipedia and focus on the motivations and mechanisms behind our obsessive surfing of the Web. In the spirit of Chris Marker, the images interweave historical chronicles, pop culture trivia and philosophical meditation. The film reflects a distracted, hyperactive society while suggesting a deeper truth: we’ve created a trivial culture that conceals contradictions and painful truths about ourselves. Rafman’s (hyper) media films and works have been shown in venues around the world like the Museo d’arte contemporanea di Roma (MACRo), the New Museum in New York and the Saatchi Gallery in London.
This event takes place in the context of the cycle Virtually Sublime : a series of films, talks and performances on a serious, playful and up-to-the-minute possibility: the vertiginous absence of borders between reality and virtuality.