Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans in person!
Max Payne Cheats Only (1996–2005, Netherlands, ca. 60 min)

Joan Heemskerk & Dirk Paesmans in person!

Digital provocateurs JODI (Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans) pioneered Web art in the mid-‘90s, upending the conventions of the emerging medium to create anarchic programs that simulated computer crashes, viruses, and error messages. The duo has wrought similar havoc on computer programs and video games, radically disrupting the language of these systems—including interfaces, commands, errors, and code—to subvert the relationship between computer technology and its users. Tonight, in a rare public appearance, JODI will demonstrate their latest game modifications, Max Payne Cheats Only (2005), a series of “cheats” the duo compiled from the ultra-violent New York vigilante game Max Payne, along with their ground-breaking modifications of the game Quake 1, Untitled Game (1996-2001), id Software’s game Wolfenstein 3D, Sod (1999), and the early 80s game Jet Set Willy, Jet Set Willy Variations ©1984 (2002). Co-presented by CATE, the Visiting Artist Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Department of Interactive Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago. 1996-2005, JODI, Netherlands, ca. 60 min, various formats.

Conversations at the Edge (CATE) is a weekly series of screenings, artist talks, and performances by some of the most compelling media artists of yesterday and today.

CATE is organized by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Film, Video, and New Media in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Video Data Bank.

Programs take place Thursdays at 6pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center.


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