SD video . 4min 45
datapanic from Ian Andrews on Vimeo.￼
Close to trillion
dollars a day changes hands globally in foreign exchange transactions.
Only 15 percent corresponds to actual commodities or capital. The incredible
speed of the New York Stock Exchange's Superdot electronic order routing
system means that the Dow Jones can swing back and forth by more than
50 points in a matter of minutes. These conditions bring about a condition
known as "data panic:" a feeling of insecurity and anxiety that
engulfs every transfer of digital information, from international trade
to electronic banking.
Data Panic combines images of computers, tape streamers, ATMs, terminals,
workstations, printers, status indicators, traces and scans with computer
animated icons, diagrams, pictograms, error messages, warnings, numbers,
barcodes and binary digits. An advertorial style voice over narrates a
non-sensical computer generated text interspersed with information technology
Data Panic is a subtle satirical critique of the unbounded euphoria which
often surrounds the marketing of new technology and the ideology of globalisation.
"Andrews exploits around the use of new media to focus attention on the
excitement itself. His collage of computer images and icons is adorned
with computer-generated advertising gibberish. A satire on the euphoria
surrounding the marketing of new technologies." From 28th International
Film Festival, Rotterdam, 1999 catalogue.
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D'art, dLux, June
Exploding Cinema, Rotterdam International Film Festival, 1999Electro-matic:
(Ian Andrews) film and video retrospective, Dlux, Sydney Film Festival,