Kanad Chakrabarti

Residency: June through September 2019

Kanad Chakrabarti is an artist and writer based in London and New York. He uses the film-essay to interrogate the ambiguities inherent in technological capitalism, for instance the ecological, post-colonial, and bio-political legacies of nuclear weapons testing. During the Cold War, the military-industrial complex essentially captured Western democracy and media on a vast scale, generating anti-Communist hysteria (in the U.S.) and fomenting regime change (in Southern Europe and the Third World). Can such histories inform our speculative imaginaries, as we prepare for a future of corporate leviathans, empowered by ubiquitous AI, that abet surveillance societies operating under permanent states-of-exception?

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