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2014 Biennial Film & Video Screenings

Andrew Bujalski:
Computer Chess

Location: Whitney Museum Second Floor (Kaufman Astoria Studios Film and Video Gallery)

Andrew Bujalski’s film Computer Chess transports viewers to an earlier moment—a chess tournament in 1980 where brilliant, but socially awkward, computer scientists test their programming and logic skills in a tournament pitting bulky computers against one another. The film mimics the style of an amateur documentary, supposedly produced by the organizer of the tournament. Bujalski draws the analog past into our digital present, offering insights about the increasingly computer-controlled present and future.

Screening times:

Friday, March 7
2, 4, and 7 pm

Saturday, March 8
12, 2, and 4 pm

Sunday, March 9
12 and 2 pm

Free with Museum admission. Admittance is on a first-come, first-seated basis until capacity is reached.

Andrew Bujalski, still from Computer Chess, 2013. NTSC analog video, black-and-white, sound; 92 minutes. © 2013 Computer Chess LLC.; courtesy the artist. Photograph by Alex Lipschultz

Andrew Bujalski, still from Computer Chess, 2013. NTSC analog video, black-and-white, sound; 92 minutes. © 2013 Computer Chess LLC.; courtesy the artist. Photograph by Alex Lipschultz