36:32 / HD / 2019 / Epilepsy Warning

Welcome to the age of cosmic radiation! In 2021 the Sun fell to its lowest point of activity since the birth of science. Its magnetic waves that once shield the Earth dramatically weakened. During this solar lull powerful intergalactic cosmic rays penetrated our atmosphere. Originating eons ago from the explosive remnants of dead stars these silent, invisible and highly charged particles were only noticed in their affect - in what they did to our bodies and to the technologies we thought we could rely upon.

Compiling stories from the recent past of interaction with cosmic radiation at ever descending altitudes, “The Phantom Menace” is a techno driven stroboscopic climate fiction film written in conversation with various Amazon warehouse workers. Initially inspired by the proposed plans for the U.S government to install their fragile predictive supercomputers deep underground in order to protect them from these upcoming ancient alien invaders, the film uses once costly low-resolution scientific visualizations produced on these supercomputers to speculate on the role of image labour in the subterranean near future. Planes crashing, computers malfunctioning and elections going haywire - these were just the prequel to the future.

Screenings:

 

Berlinale Forum Expanded, Berlin, DE, 2020 (World Premiere)

Courtisane, Ghent, BE, 2020

Sharjah Film Platform, Sharjah, UAE, 2020

European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, DE, 2020

Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, ROU, 2020

Moscow Experimental Film Festival, Moscow, RUS, 2020

Antimatter Media Art, Victoria BC, CA, 2020

Videoex Festival, Zurich, CHE, 2020

London Short Film Festival, London, 2021

36th Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Hamburg, DE, 2020

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, FR/GR, 2020

 

Work in distribution with Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art:

http://films.arsenal-berlin.de/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/15117

 

Honourable Mention for Best Experimental Film, Sharjah Film Platform, Sharjah, UAE, 2020

 

"for its technical process and immersion within the concept of time of an uncertain future."

http://sharjahart.org/sharjah-art-foundation/news/11-films-in-the-narrative-documentary-and-experimental-categories-win-award