The Falling Sky

Peggy Ahwesh

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Peggy Ahwesh, The Falling Sky (still), 2017.

e-flux presents True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films The Falling Sky
Peggy Ahwesh

10 Minutes

February 9–22, 2021

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Peggy Ahwesh’s The Falling Sky (2017), on view from Tuesday, February 9 through Monday, February 22, 2021.

Repurposing footage lifted from an animated news outlet on YouTube, The Falling Sky is a cautionary tale about human foibles increasingly out of alignment with the forces of nature. The video offers a poetic tour through our dense cultural landscape, driven by the gods of the tumultuous sky. The daily bombardment of fragmentary information, discoveries, crises, gossip, and opinions forces itself upon us, we who are doomed to be “connected” through technology, in a slow drain of our subjectivity. The simple, hypnotic news animations of news from the Youtube database encapsulate our collective prurient interests, fears, and obsessions.

The Falling Sky is presented here as one of five films in Part One | Simulations and (Hyper)Reality, the first of five programs in the online film and video series True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film.

True Fake runs from February 9 through April 20, 2021. The films in each part will screen for two weeks. Subsequent parts will follow bi-weekly, with new films screened every other Tuesday.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

Experimental Film, Crisis, Accidents & Disasters, Digital Humanities, Animation & Cartoons
Return to Part One | Simulations and (Hyper)Reality

Peggy Ahwesh is an American experimental filmmaker and video artist. Born in 1954 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, she received her BFA at Antioch College, Ohio. Retrospective exhibitions include: Girls Beware!, Whitney Museum of American Art (1997); Filmmuseum, Brussels; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Peggy’s Playhouse, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University; and others. Her films have screened at Whitney Biennial (1991, 1995, 2002); New York Film Festival (1998, 2007); Flaherty Film Seminar (2003); Pompidou Center (2002, 2004); Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (2017), and at festivals in Berlin, London, Cairo, Toronto, Rotterdam, and Creteil. Herf film Certain Women (co-directed with Bobby Abate) was an official selection of the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the opening night film at the New York Underground Film Festival (2004). Other films include Martina’s Playhouse (1989), The Deadman (1989, co-directed with Keith Sanborn), Strange Weather (1993), and Nocturne (1998), all in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. She has received grants from Jerome Foundation and Guggenheim Foundation fellowships, Alpert Award in the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and Art Matters. She teaches Film and Electronic Art at Bard College, New York.


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