2018 | Österreich | Documentary,Experimental,Data Visualization,Short

Operation Jane Walk

  • DE EN / DE 16 mins
  • Director | Robin Klengel / Leonhard Müllner
  • Writer | Robin Klengel / Leonhard Müllner
  • Producer | Robin Klengel / Leonhard Müllner

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Short Text

A City Tour through the Architectures of an Online Shooter

In Operation Jane Walk, the digital war zone of a video game is appropriated with the help of an artistic intervention. The urban flâneurs avoid the combats and become peaceful tourists of a digital world, which is a detailed replica of New York City. Accompanied by two guests the audience watches the performers promenading the digital battleground, exploring the possibilities (and impossibilities) of new media technologies. While walking through the post-apocalyptic city, issues such as architecture history, urbanism are being discussed.

 

Long Text

A City Tour through the Architectures of an Online Shooter

The live online performance Operation Jane Walk is based on the dystopian multiplayer shooter "Tom Clancy’s: The Division". The game’s digital war zone is appropriated with the help of an artistic operation: Within the rules of the software, the militaristic environment is being re-used for a narrative city tour. The urban strollers avoid the combats whenever possible and become peaceful tourists of a digital world, which is a detailed replica of Midtown Manhattan. 

Accompanied by two guests the audience watches the performers promenading the digital battleground, exploring the possibilities (and impossibilities) of new media technologies. Avoiding the hostile gunfire, Klengel and Müllner comment on the digital architectures by Le Corbusier or Walter Gropius as well as on the ideological battle between Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses. The lecture performance thus evolves a narration touching issues such as the relationship between war and architecture, the history of cities and dystopias as well as their transformation through digital media.


 

architecture digital simulation urban utopia dystopia game online performance
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