Cristin Tierney is pleased to announce that whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir, a new film by Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation, will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 9th, 10th and 11th, 2011.
whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir follows the observations and surveillance of geophysicist code writer, Mr. Holz, stuck in a retro-futuristic metropolis named City-A. Voiceovers and dialogues in English and Russian (with English subtitles) evoke the remains of Cold War era social controls—wire tapped telephone conversations, reel-to-reel tapes, snippets of a job interview between Holz and his employer and a mysterious woman referred to simply as “Dispatch.” A narrator describes various impositions on the citizens, including strangely manipulated time keeping, a language ration, and the effects of lithium, suggesting that there is no clear way to tell the future from the past.
The continuously evolving narrative is generated by a custom-programmed serendipity machine, loaded with 3,000 clips, 80 voice-overs and 150 pieces of music. Edited in real time, the film has no beginning, middle or end, formulating an endless story that is never told the same way twice. The viewer’s mind works ceaselessly to re-order and connect these disparate elements, struggling against the film’s subversion of spatial and temporal boundaries.
Eve Sussman founded the Rufus Corporation in 2003. The company has collaborated on 89 Seconds at Alcázar (2004), the experimental feature The Rape of the Sabine Women (2007), and the installation Yuri’s Office (2009). Rufus Corporation’s works have been exhibited and screened internationally and are included in the collections of the MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Margulies Collection, Sisita Soldevila/Amister Collection, Fundación La Caixa and Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea. Eve Sussman is a 2010 recipient of the Anonymous was a Woman Award.
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