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Paranoid Data: Pre-Millennium Tension in Films

12/07/2019 - 12/08/2019


In the ’80s and ’90s, the unprecedented rise of computers and information sharing led to intense speculation about the unknown effects technology might be responsible for. Technological potential was massive, but not fully understood and mostly unregulated; this, combined with great science fiction stories and a new age of special effects, iconic and classic films emerged that still hold up today.
Paranoid Data is a weekend series of ’80s/’90s classics that speculate about the emerging relationship between humankind, machine, and information. Featuring WarGames, Videograms of a Revolution, SCANNERS, AND Johnny Mnemonic and Strange Days, both on 35mm! With both cult classics and rarely seen films that offer a small window into the ways in which technology, data, and the human body were thought to be affected and influenced by each other. As the world was figuring out what a human relationship to these rapid advancements would resemble, so too were filmmakers, often in endearingly clumsy ways to the modern eye. These films peer into a uniquely human relationship with machines that were ostensibly developed as extensions of ourselves, pointing to the landscape we find ourselves in now.


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