Wherever You Go, There We Are

Jesse McLean

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Takeover: V. Screen Takeover Wherever You Go, There We Are
Jesse McLean

12 Minutes

Repeat: Dec 15-16 ET

In this experimental travelogue, efforts to sound human and look natural instead become artificial. The scenery is provided through photo-chromed vintage postcards, displaying not only scenic North American landscapes but also the rise of infrastructure and industry. Aspiring to look more realistic by adding color to a black and white image, the postcards (already a vulnerable method of correspondence caught between private and public) are instead documents of the fantastic. The road trip is narrated by an automated correspondent (all dialogue is taken from spam emails) who is both seductive and mercurial, his entreaties becoming increasingly foreboding and obtuse, in a relentless effort to capture our attention.

This screening is part of Screen Takeover, the fifth chapter of the online program Takeover curated by Julian Ross for e-flux Video & Film, and unfolding in six chapters between September 22 and December 15, 2022, with the films and videos of each chapter streaming for two weeks.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Film, Internet
Experimental Film, Video Art, Landscape, Industrialization
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Jesse McLean is an artist interested in systems that simultaneously comprise us and contain us. Motivated by a deep curiosity regarding human behavior and a firm belief that there is always more to the story, she has spent her career investigating what it means to be human in relation to what is not. A primary focus of her work contrasts the finite capacities of the nonhuman with infinite human desires.

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