Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees

Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees

Incredible that (apparently) the first film streamed across the internet managed to avoid all the unreasonable optimism for the medium that characterised the rest of the decade. Instead we have a piece of film-theory-fiction about the networked past, present, and future of imperialism.

A lot of other reviewers have said that there's nothing like this, which is in part true, but it's more that this occupies the centre of a very obscure Venn diagram, which would include things like the "esoteric" reading of Thomas Pynchon as a historian of the American secret technological state, accounts of "influencing-machine" paranoid delusions á la Francis E. Dec, and Mormon interstellar theology. More anachronistically, this reminded me too of Reza Negarestani's Cyclonopedia, and—inescapably with the figure of a madman trudging through the desert accompanied by questionable CGI—Xavier: Renegade Angel. But none of this really captures what this all feels like in combination. A few people have commented that they fell asleep watching this, and perhaps that's the optimal mode of consumption: as a kind of wired hypnosis.

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