Please join us for a screening of the film Machines in Flames (2022) and a conversation with co-director Andrew Culp (CalArts), author of the books Dark Deleuze (2016) and A Guerrilla Guide to Refusal (2022).

When: Wednesday, April 10th at 5 PM
Where: McCormick Screening Room

Machines in Flames (2022, 50min), co-directed by Andrew Culp and Thomas Dekeyser (Aberystwyth University), discovers a secret history of destruction by following the footsteps of a clandestine group of French computer workers from the 1980s. In the 1980s Toulouse, an elusive group began bombing computer companies. ‘CLODO’ disappeared after three years, without ever being caught or ever to be heard of again. Two filmmakers launch an investigation into CLODO, looking for answers, motivations, and identities but are soon frustrated by a collective that struck in the dead of night, leaving in their tracks only ashes and the sporadic line of cryptic graffiti. The film combines archival traces, a viral desktop choreography, and late-night video recordings of CLODO’s targets into a meditation on computation, destruction, and the lure of archives.

This event is sponsored by the Digital Humanities Exchange and the Department of Film and Media Studies.