End Transmission

Author: Chen Yin-Ju & James T. Hong

Strange messages are sent to humanity. They are frightening and poetical at the same time; they report of a takeover and the end of it all. The messages alternate with ominous black-and-white images of lifeless cities under control, frozen industrial landscapes, sterile laboratory machinery and nature in an abandoned state. “We were here before you”. “Fear is natural”. A final warning: the planet is re-colonized, and human life only seems possible in the protected, artificial and enclosed environment of a large-scale indoor resort.

Stephen Hawking once wrote, “If aliens ever visit us, the outcome will be much as when Christopher Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans”. In this case, who are the colonizers and who are the natives?

—Text from Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk)

US & Taiwan
Black & white
Single-channel video

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Location Code: AV.CYJ.ENT
Language: No dialogue; text in English, subtitles in Chinese
Year of Publication: 2010