Artists Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi imagine a surreal world in which quarantine life becomes the norm. Set in the year 2039, REMOTE follows the daily routine of Unoaku (Okwui Okpokwasili) in her sealed-off, retro-futuristic apartment—a paradise of vibrant colours, thriving plant life, and high-tech equipment. As delivery drones buzz continuously outside her apartment, she joins a watch party with four other women from around the world, all infatuated with the same South Korean dog-grooming live streamer. Interest quickly spirals into obsession as the five women search for answers to an inexplicable phenomenon, spending more and more time online. Filmed in 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic, REMOTE explores a hyperconnected future populated by isolated individuals who find new ways to maintain human connection.
TRAVELING TO UTOPIA: WITH A BRIEF HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES | 2006 | Digital | English & Korean | 3 min. 50 sec.
An anonymous, faceless protagonist takes audiences on a short ride through the development of modern communications technologies from her first-hand, transnational perspective. The woman’s story uses deadpan humour to describe the gradual invasion of technology into her home, community, and being.
Image at top: Mika Rottenberg, Mahyad Tousi. Remote, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth