A Machine To See With (2010) is a new work by Blast Theory for pedestrians and their mobile phones.
Keep your eyes peeled. Don’t walk into any traps. Other people seem to be in on this. Mixing documentary material, stolen thriller cliches and the films of Jean-Luc Godard it invites you to become someone else. Step inside a film as you walk through the city, receiving phone calls. Are you the protagonist or a bit part player? Start making decisions and you will find out.
The voiceover is on the end of the telephone line and in your head. For now you are anonymous, no one knows you are here. But it cannot last. People are watching and soon enough they will notice you. You may choose to hide or you might choose to step into view, undisguised and defiant.
A Machine To See With is a game in which you must play your part. Roll credits.
The Locative Cinema Commission is a joint project of ZER01: The Art and Technology Network, the Banff New Media Institute at The Banff Centre, and Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Initiative. The Locative Cinema Commission, which brings attention to narratives of place and space and seeks new forms of description and experience, was awarded to the UK-based artist group Blast Theory. The commission will be realized via a residency at the Banff New Media Institute, and the new work will be presented at the 2010 01SJ Biennial, the 2011 Sundance Festival, and the 2011 Banff Summer Arts Festival.