by Lutz Dammbeck
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Ultimately stunning in its revelations, Lutz Dammbeck's The Net explores the incredibly complex backstory of Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber. This exquisitely crafted inquiry into the rationale of this mythic figure situates him within a late 20th Century web of technology—a system that he grew to oppose. A marvelously subversive approach to the history of the Internet, this insightful documentary combines speculative travelogue and investigative journalism to trace contrasting countercultural responses to the cybernetic revolution.
For those who resist these intrusive systems of technological control, the Unabomber has come to symbolize an ultimate figure of Refusal. For those that embrace it, as did and do the early champions of media art like Marshall McLuhan, Nam June Paik, and Stewart Brand, the promises of worldwide networking and instantaneous communication outweighed the perils. Dammbeck's conceptual quest links these multiple nodes of cultural and political thought like the Internet itself. Circling through themes of utopianism, anarchism, terrorism, CIA, LSD, Tim Leary, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, The Netexposes a hidden matrix of revolutionary advances, coincidences, and conspiracies.
Selected Press Quotes
"Dammbeck not only uncovers hidden background stories but also links the unlinked..." —Der Tagespiegel
"The right film at the right time..." —Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"Dammbeck regards systems of art as systems of power; and systems of power as systems of art..." —Die Tageszeitung
Written and directed by Lutz Dammbeck
Produced by Lutz Dammbeck Filmproduktion
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