Machines in Flames: a secret history of self-destruction (Thomas Dekeyser, Andrew Culp, 2022)

Sunday 16 October 2022, Movie night: Machines in Flames: a secret history of computational self-destruction (Thomas Dekeyser, Andrew Culp, 2022), 55 minutes. Movie in French with English subtitles. Doors open at 8:00 pm, film starts at 8:30 pm.

“A secret history of self-destruction by following the footsteps of a clandestine group of French computer workers from the 1980s”. Machines in Flames is a cinematic search for the elusive group CLODO (Comité Liquidant ou Détournant les Odinateurs), who bombed computer companies in 1980s Toulouse, France. Journeying through the cybernetic nodes of military, industrial, and socialist development, the film exposes how recording devices fail to collect the ashes of history. The film combines archival traces, a viral desktop choreography, and paranoid footage of nocturnal stakeouts into a philosophical investigation of self-combustion.
The film is the debut work of the Destructionist International, and the first in a series of films on the appetite for abolition in ultra-leftism. It was first distributed through a network of self-erasing USB data sticks dropped outside corporate campuses.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to screen a movie, let us know: joe [at] lists [dot] squat [dot] net