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

Over the last thirty years, Peggy Ahwesh has produced one of the most heterogeneous bodies of work in the field of experimental media. A true bricoleur, she is recognized for employing a wide array of technologies such as Pixelvision, drone and heat-sensitive cameras, 16mm film, Machinima, improvized performance, scripted dialogue, synch-sound film, found footage, and digital animation. This range of narrative and documentary styles has offered her a sustained investigation of cultural identity and the role of the subject. Ahwesh’s retrospectives have been hosted by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Filmmuseum, Brussels; and the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK among other international institutions. Ahwesh’s work is presently on view at the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition Private Lives Public Spaces, and a forthcoming retrospective of her work will take place in 2021 at Spike Island, Bristol, UK, curated by Erika Balsom.

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