Film screening: UKI by Shu-Lea Cheang 31-01-2024

Social Practices

Autonomous Practices

LocationRoom BL.02.7 (WdKA’s micro cinema).
  • Florian Cramer
  • Michelle Teran
  • Affiliated research project

  • Wednesday 31 January 2024, 17:00 – 19:30 in Room BL.02.7

    UKI (2023), by Shu Lea Cheang is a cyberpunk film that incorporates suspense-laden digital collages of game software-generated animation alongside live-action film and visual effects. Shu Lea Cheang will be present at the screening – we are delighted to confirm academic Matthew Fuller will also be present, via video link.

    There is a limited capacity of 39 seats: mail to reserve a place. And / or turn up in good time.

    You can watch the trailer here.

    Synopsis (from IMDB). Reiko is robbed of their body data and dumped on Etrashville, a giant landfill for electronic waste. There they resurrect as “UKI the virus” in order to sabotage a biosystem developed by the GENOM Corporation to manipulate sexual pleasure through pills. Defective humanoids, transmutants, techno-data bodies and an infected city join forces with the UKI virus. 

    “Cheang is a pioneer of queer new media art who seeks to overwhelm her viewers. Her works involve elements of queer cinema, science fiction, pornography, and networked installation and performance scenarios. The characters in Cheang’s films question heteronormativity and social norms and explore perspectives on liberated sexuality.” FILMFEST MÜNCHEN pays hommage 

    Shu Lea Cheang is a Taiwanese-American artist and filmmaker. She was born in Taiwan in 1954. Since the 1980s, she has been active in experimental video and net art, and has navigated topics of ethnic stereotyping, sexual politics, and institutional oppression with her radical experimentations in digital realms1. Her work deals with the techno body and queer politics. For more information:


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