Portals: History of the Future Film Series - Dreams Rewired

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

6:00 PM-8:30 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Wed, 2016-05-11 18:00 - 20:30


For five weeks this spring, the Providence Public Library welcomes you to travel through time, visit utopian and dystopian worlds, and experience multiple dimensions as we present Portals: History of the Future Film Series. Spanning 100 years of the moving image, we invite you to take a deep dive into our collective psyches, to discover how through time, cinema has captured our imaginations of our future world(s). From the fantastical to the disastrous, the hilarious to the incredible, each film sheds light on our collective hopes, dreams and fears about what the future holds. 

MAY 11 -

Dreams Rewired -2015 Documentary

Directed by Maru Luksch, Martin Reinsert, Thomas Tode

Written by Manu Luksch, Mukul Pate, Martin Reinhart, Thomas Tode

Narrated by Tilda Swinton

Austria, Germany, United Kingdom

88 minutes

Q&A: Matthew Bird, local designer and design historian, and currently Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at RISD will lead a short discussion of the film. At RISD, Matthew teaches studio classes, metal shop classes and industrial design history.

Over 100 Years ago, the social anxiety we see in our hyper-mediated world of today, was already well on its way during the electric revolution of the late 19th century. Dreams Rewired presents a collection of films from the 1880s to the 1930s, many rare and previously unscreened, that trace contemporary obsessions and anxieties back to the birth of the telephone, television and cinema. The earliest electronic inventions were as revolutionary, inspiring and alarming to the public as the internet and artificial intelligence are today.

PORTALS is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, as independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

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