End Transmission
Yin-Ju Chen & James T. Hong, 2010, 15'31''

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Strange messages are sent to humanity. They are frightening and poetical at the same time; they report of a takeover and the end of it all. The messages alternate with ominous black-and-white images of lifeless cities under control, frozen industrial landscapes, sterile laboratory machinery and nature in an abandoned state. “We were here before you”. “Fear is natural”. A final warning: the planet is re-colonized, and human life only seems possible in the protected, artificial and enclosed
environment of a large-scale indoor resort.

Stephen Hawking once wrote, “If aliens ever visit us, the outcome will be much as when Christopher Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans”. In this case, who are the coloni
ers and who are the natives?

  • Date: 2010
  • Length: 15'31''
  • Type: Video
  • Participants: Yin-Ju Chen, James T. Hong
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: discourse / essay, fiction (artwork genre), pastiche / fake
  • Keywords: modern life, environment/ecology, future/science fiction, destruction, fear, activism