Watching the Detectives

Chris Kennedy

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Chris Kennedy, Watching the Detectives (still), 2017

e-flux presents True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films Watching the Detectives
Chris Kennedy

36 Minutes

March 9–22, 2021

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Chris Kennedy’s Watching the Detectives (2017), on view from Tuesday, March 9 through Monday, March 22, 2021.

Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, amateur detectives took to the internet chat rooms to try and find the culprits. Users on reddit, 4chan, and other gathering spots pored over photographs uploaded to the sites, looking for any detail that might point to the guilt of potential suspects. Using texts and jpegs culled from these investigations, Watching the Detectives narrates the process of crowd-sourcing culpability.

Watching the Detectives is presented here as one of four films in Part Three | Tracking the Coded Real, the third of five programs in the online series True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists‘ Films programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film.

True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists‘ Films runs from February 9 through April 19, 2021. The films in each part will screen for two weeks. The next parts will follow bi-weekly, with new films screened every other Tuesday.

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

Internet, Surveillance & Privacy, Data & Information, Film
Crowd-sourcing, Police & Prisons, Accidents & Disasters, Experimental Film, Documentary
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