- Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode
- voiceover by Tilda Swinton
“First with the telephone, then early cinema, the magic of wireless radio and, finally, television, Dreams Rewired bombards the senses with a thorough and clever montage of found footage from the 1890s to the pre-war era.” (Guardian)
At the time, early electric media were as revolutionary as social media are now. The technologies were expected to serve everyone, not just the elite classes. Human relationships would become stronger, efficiency would increase and the society would be revolutionized... But these initial promises were very different from what new media eventually brought to daily life. Using excerpts from early dramatic films, slapstick comedies, political newsreels, advertisements and recordings of scientific experiments culled during years of research in film archives around the world, co-directors Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode unearth material that is by turns hilarious, revelatory, beautiful and prescient. The archival footage, combined with poetic narration and a virtuosic score by Siegfried Friedrich forges a cross-generational connection between contemporary viewers and their idealistic forbearers of a century ago.
“A rich, media-archaeological account of the intertwined histories of visionary technologies, communication cultures, and cinema.” (University of Amsterdam Association of Moving Image Archivists) The film will be shown with sound off & subtitles on, on March 19, and with Tilda Swinton’s voiceover and Siegfried Friedrich’s score on March 20.