Director: Mario Pfeifer featuring Flatbush ZOMBiES
Section: The New Medium III: Multi-screen Cinema
Country: USA | Year: 2015
Language(s): English | Time: 5 mins
#blacktivist is a statement on police brutality, selective enforcement, and the right of self-defense. Mario Pfeifer collaborated on this project with Flatbush ZOMBiES, a rap group based in Brooklyn. Pfeifer’s music video for the ZOMBIES’ new song Blacktivist, which went viral on YouTube counting more than 3.3 million views, appears here alongside footage of a workshop for 3D-printing guns in Austin, and their open-source manuals. Through the play of doctored images, and in conversation with rappers, #blacktivist evokes the prevailing tensions surrounding citizenship and justice in the US.
Mario Pfeifer (b. 1981) studied visual arts at the academies of Leipzig, Berlin and Frankfurt as well as film at the California Institute of the Arts. Pfeifer explores representational structures and conventions in the medium of film and video, conceiving each project out of a specific cultural situation; researching social-political backgrounds and weaving cross-cultural art historical, filmic, technological and political references into his practice. He was an artist-in-residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, Gasworks in London, and Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.