Robert Boyd, "Alphaville Redux," 2019. Single-channel video, 3:40min.
“Alphaville Redux,” 2019, excerpts visual symbols from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 futuristic sci-fi noir, “Alphaville,” to depict a technocratic dystopia of surveillance and control. Conveyed through sequences of hypnotic flashing lights, neon scientific equations representing a regime of logic, and directional signage suggesting the suppression of individual thought and movement, the video erases almost all human presence from the film and replaces it with the directives of Alpha 60–the supercomputer that regulates life in Alphaville. Scored by Morse code and dramatic musical cues used throughout the film, “Alphaville Redux” humorously suggests an alternative ending–one where human passion doesn’t necessarily triumph over mechanical logic, and Alpha 60 is not so easily defeated.