Film screening & discussion: "All That is Solid Melts Into Data“ by Boaz Levin & Ryan S. Jeffery

HMKV at the Dortmunder U | Cinema, ground floor

The international film programme (in English language) extends the discussions on artificial intelligence from the exhibition House of Mirrors:Artificial Intelligence as Phantasm at the HMKV. It focuses on the experimental status of artificial 'intelligence', which is used in the course of scientific experiments and knowledge.

Every Thursday the event series Kleiner Freitag (small Friday) takes place at the Dortmunder U. In this context the HMKV cordially invites you to the cinema of the Dortmunder U at 19:00 (ground floor, doors open from 18:30). After the screening, we are pleased to welcome filmmaker Boaz Levin for a panel discussion, exchange and conversation (in English language). Moderation: Ann-Katrin Drews (HMKV).

Equal parts building and machine, a library and a public utility, data centers are the unwitting monuments of knowledge production to the digital turn. The film All That is Solid Melts Into Data (2015) by Boaz Levin & Ryan S. Jeffery traces the historical evolution of these structures that make-up “the cloud”, the physical repositories for the exponentially growing amount of human activity and communication taking form as digital data. While our “smart tools” and devices for communication become increasingly smaller, thinner, and sleeker, the digital sphere they require grows larger demanding an ever-growing physical infrastructure, effecting and shaping our physical landscape. This film looks to the often-overlooked materiality of networked technologies in order to elucidate their social, environmental, and economic impact, and calls into question the structures of power that have developed out of the technologies of global computation.

Boaz Levin is a filmmaker, author and curator. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Levin is co-founder of the Research Center for Proxy Politics together with Vera Tollmann and Hito Steyerl. In 2017 he was co-curator of the Biennale for Contemporary Photography, held at exhibition venues in Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen. In 2021-22, he was co-curator of the 3rd Chennai Photo Biennale. He is the author of On Distance, ed. Laura Preston (Berlin: Atlas Projectos, 2020). Levin is the editor of Cabinet Magazine's Kiosk platform.

A registration is not requiered.


Image: Boaz Levin & Ryan S. Jeffery „All That is Solid Melts Into Data“, 2015. Film still ©Boaz Levin & Ryan S. Jeffery

The programme is funded by:


Go back