Produced by Julian Friedauer and Pieterjan Ginckels.
Video, sound, 12'28".
Film and film stills © SPEEDISM 2011.
“Iahgnahs Onhcet” is “Techno Shanghai“ spelled backwards, or rather blackwards, a word game referring to the rather doomed, black, anomalic celebration it depicts of the Chinese contemporary city. It is a SPEEDISM take on the "real" Shanghai, understood as a surface on which, with great speed, global objects and influences crash into its heart and make up an urban machine, a copy of a copy of a copy, incestuous, mutating, decaying, alive.
Even more than Shanghai, Iahgnahs Onhcet is an urban theme park, the city of cities, the theme park of theme parks, compressed and set free in a distinct medium - animation - to become an architectural being. Through this state of (architectural) being, it starts breathing again, moves from a visual status quo ballet into a high-rise hangover party, into doomed night and dreadful noise...
The film Iahgnahs Onhcet resulted out of close collaboration with Crystal CG, China's leading media and visual communication company. Crystal CG is responsible for 2010 Expo Shanghai online and created visual communication for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The company also works for major architecture and urbanism firms worldwide to provide renderings, animations and interactive applications. SPEEDISM worked with and tried to creatively and critically challenge Crystal CG in order to create a common project based on, and countering the Chinese city. Complex hierarchical company structures and collaborative failure resulted in SPEEDISM going solo, armed with the Beijing and Shanghai experiences, equipped with a handful of banal 3D models developed while working at the Crystal CG office. Et voilà, Iahgnahs Onhcet.
The film was 90% finished in 2009; in 2011 some new scenes and a finished soundtrack were added.
Iahgnahs Onhcet was shown a.o. at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography and Hyde Park Art Center, in Shanghai at the Dutch Cultural Center during the 2010 World Expo, at the Bangkok World Film Festival, and at the PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art during the Atmosphere 2011 conference in Winnipeg, Canada.
Supported by Institute for Provocation (previously Theatre In Motion), Beijing, ArtHub Asia, Shanghai and the FarEastFarWest Collection, Shanghai.