by Lutz Dammbeck
Introduction by Oskar Hallberg
Thursday 22 February 2018

Das Netz / The Net (2003), 121 min

In the mid 20th century, the foundations of modernism were reconstructed with cybernetics, system theory, multimedia art and new concepts in psychology and military research. On these new foundations, networked systems of machines developed all over the world, their character defined by mathematics, logic and binary codes.

Lutz Dammbeck’s Das Netz explores the incredibly complex backstory of Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber, and situates him within a late 20th century web of technology – a system that he grew to oppose. With a subversive approach to the history of the Internet, this documentary combines speculative travelogue and investigative journalism to trace contrasting countercultural responses to the cybernetic revolution.

Oskar’s Gold Nuggets is an ongoing series of film screenings where our neighbor and cineaste Oskar Hallberg from Cinema Panora presents a film in dialogue with the current exhibition on view.