Operation Jane Walk
Director: Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner Country: Austria Genre: Documentary, Experimental Runtime: 16 m Block K Screening: Close Up Cinema 23.08 Time: 3-4.30pm
Operation Jane Walk is based on the dystopian multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy’s: The Division. The game’s digital war zone is appropriated with the help of an artistic operation: Within the rules of the game’s software, the militaristic environment is being re-used for a pacifistic city tour. The urban strollers avoid the combats whenever possible and become peaceful tourists of a digital world, which is a detailed replica of Midtown Manhattan. While walking through the post-apocalyptic city, issues such as architecture history, urbanism and the game developer’s interventions into the urban fabric are being discussed.
Robin Klengel lives and works as artist, illustrator and cultural anthropologist in Vienna and Graz. He is interested in individual and collective tactics of spatial appropriation, and mechanisms of order and control of the urban as well as digital public spaces. Klengel situates his work between art, science and social-political involvement, and participated in various projects and publications in this field. Since 2017 he is vice chairman of the interdisciplinary art and culture space Forum Stadtpark. Leonhard Müllner also lives in Vienna and works as a Visual Artist and Media Researcher. He studied Visual Art and Media Art at the UFG Linz (AT), at the HGB Leipzig (DE) and at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (AT). Currently he writes his PHD in Practice in the field of Cultural Studies. Müllner has international exhibition, screening and residency experience, and recently won the prize for the Best Austrian Film in the Vienna Short Film Festival (VIS).