Beyond and Shadowland

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | February 20, 2003

Thursday, February 20, 2003, 8pm


Zoe Beloff in person!

Investigating the relationship between imagination and moving image technology, internationally acclaimed media artist Zoe Beloff brings us two works.  The CD-ROM Beyond operates in a playful spirit of philosophical inquiry exploring the paradoxes of technology, desire and the paranormal.  An interactive work, it allows the viewer to explore a mental geography, in which the viewer travels through time and space encountering Beloff’s virtual alter-ego who, as a medium that “interfaces” between the living and the dead, transmits “movies” that record her impressions.  Shadow Land, or Light From the Other Side is a stereoscopic 16mm film for which both the title and the narrative are taken from the 1897 autobiography of Elizabeth d’Espérance, a materializing medium who could produce full body apparitions. The film shows how one might think of a medium as a kind of “mental projector” and the phantoms as representations of her psychic reality.  Visually, it explores the origins of what we think of as virtual. Co-presented with Chicago Filmmakers and the University of Chicago (KJ Mohr). 1997—2000, Zoe Beloff, USA, ca. 75 min, CD-ROM & 16mm.


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