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by Lutz Dammbeck

Ultimately stunning in its revelations, Lutz Dammbeck’s THE NET explores the incredibly complex backstory of Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber. This exquisitely crafted inquiry into the rationale of this mythic figure situates him within a late 20th Century web of technology – a system that he grew to oppose. A marvelously subversive approach to the history of the Internet, this insightful documentary combines speculative travelogue and investigative journalism to trace contrasting countercultural responses to the cybernetic revolution.

For those who resist these intrusive systems of technological control, the Unabomber has come to symbolize an ultimate figure of Refusal. For those that embrace it, as did and do the early champions of media art like Marshall McLuhan, Nam June Paik, and Stewart Brand, the promises of worldwide networking and instantaneous communication outweighed the perils. Dammbeck’s conceptual quest links these multiple nodes of cultural and political thought like the Internet itself. Circling through themes of utopianism, anarchism, terrorism, CIA, LSD, Tim Leary, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, THE NET exposes a hidden matrix of revolutionary advances, coincidences, and conspiracies.

"Dammbeck not only uncovers hidden background stories but also links the unlinked" - Der Tagespiegel

"The right film at the right time" - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

"Dammbeck regards systems of art as systems of power; and systems of power as systems of art" - Die Tageszeitung

Written and directed by Lutz Dammbeck
Produced by Lutz Dammbeck Filmproduktion 

Special Features:

• Additional commentary from Stewart Brand, John Brockman, and Paul Garrin
• Interview Booklet with Lutz Dammbeck

Other Cinema is a long-standing bastion of experimental film, video, and performance in San Francisco's Mission District. We are inspired and sustained by the ongoing practice of fine-art filmmaking, as well as engaged essay and documentary forms. But OC also embraces marginalized genres like "orphan" industrial films, home movies, ethnography, and exploitation, as media-archeological core-samples, and blows against consensus reality and the sterility of museum culture. Whether avant-garde or engagé, our emphasis is on the radical subjectivities and sub-cultural sensibilities that find expression in what used to be called "underground cinema". Our calendars are curated on a semi-annual basis, mostly comprised of polymorphous group shows--several pieces, in different moving-image and intermedia formats--organized around a common theme. Almost always the artist herself appears in person, bringing new work to a energized microcinema audience opting for the provocative images and ideas only available in a non-commercial and non-academic salon environment. Conceived and stewarded by Craig Baldwin, with a whole lotta help from ATA Gallery, Steve Polta, Christine Metropoulos, and others in a core collective whose commitment has created a space for contemporary cinematic expression and exchange.

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