Perpetual Operator

A film by Dominique Koch
2016
 – HD video. Sound. 19 min. Loop
(Please use headphones and choose 1080p HD quality)

Sound design & music – Tobias Koch
Conversations with – Maurizio Lazzarato & Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi.

The Turritopsis dohrnii jellyfish, considered by biologists to be immortal because it can regenerate its DNA up to 14 times and therefore technically be born again, thus becomes the comic hero of the film, capable of commenting on the state of a capitalist model on the verge of collapse while at the same time comparing it to the equally rigid paradigms of the contemporary art world. In Perpetual Operator, the fate of this particular type of jellyfish and statements by the philosopher Maurizio Lazzarato as well as Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi are combined. Content drawn from widely differing areas of research converges on the instant of its mediation, creating unlikely encounters but also are revealing urgent concerns that normally pass unnoticed amid the ceaseless flow of information. Noah Stolz