Digital Age 370.
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Look up from that screen long enough to attend the PrintScreen Festival, which
will be held from April 17-20 at the Holon Cinematheque.
Started in 2010,
the PrintScreen Festival examines the state of the digital revolution, as well
as giving attendees a peek at what technological innovations and subsequent
lifestyle changes are on the horizon.
It is primarily a film festival,
with both documentaries and features, but it also includes interactive exhibits,
master classes, panel discussions with some of the leaders in digital filmmaking
This year’s theme will be User/Abuser, meant to raise the
question: How do we control technology and how does it control us? Lior
Zalmanson, the artistic director of PrintScreen explains the theme: “The two-way
relationship and control between between man and technology will be at the
center of the PrintScreen Festival in 2013, under the title, User/Abuser, with
reference to the broader artistic heroes of the new culture of today – hackers –
and how they change and get involved in technologies and social media.
PrintScreen Festival sees itself as a meeting place connecting the arts and
cultural community, technology, the Internet community and the workforce to
promote the integration of these communities.”
There will be a number of
guests from abroad at the festival this year. These include Evan Roth, from the
US, is a designer, programmer, and multi-disciplinary artist who advocates
making social and digital systems more open to individuals. His works include
street art and graffiti that use complex technology.
Roth’s work is in
the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and has
been exhibited at various institutions, including the Centre Pompidou, the
Kunsthalle Wien, the Tate, the Fondation Cartier and the front page of Youtube.
In 2012, Roth was awarded the Smithsonian’s Hewitt-Cooper National Design Award.
His work has also been bought by the Israel Museum. He is the co-founder of the
Graffiti Research Lab and the Free Art & Technology Lab (F.A.T. Lab), a
webbased, open-source research and development lab.
Grenzfurthner is the artistic director of the Austrian monochrom group that
combines new media works, performance art and political activism. Recurring
topics in Grenzfurthner’s art and writing are contemporary art, activism,
performance, humour, philosophy, sex, communism, postmodernism, media theory,
cultural studies, popular culture studies, science fiction, and
He founded the event "Roboexotica,” in which scientists and
artists work together to create robots whose job is to produce or mix alcohol,
and “Arse Electronica,” an annual conference held in San Francisco that deals
with the effects of technology on the world of sex. John received an award at
the Webby Awards, honoring the 13 most prominent sites and network
One highlight of the festival will be the Israeli Film Remix
Competition. A remix is when filmmakers recreate a well-known song or film scene
by cutting together clips using the same words from other films. The Web is full
of such creations, but this will be the first competition using scenes from
Among the films at the festival will be Charlie Chaplin’s
Modern Times with an alternative soundtrack provided by DJs.
Zobel’s Compliance is a thriller from the US based on a true story about what
happens when the manager of a fast-food restaurant is told by an anonymous
caller to interrogate a young, female employee.
The Right Arrow exhibit
will feature games and art using the right keyboard arrow as a central
The festival will also feature a workshop for children on
building robotic toys.
To order tickets, call (03) 502-1555. You can also
find out more on the Holon Cinematheque website at www.cinemaholon.org.il or go
to the festival Website at http://www.printscreenfestival.com/ , where you can
watch clips from festival films and play games.