via Rhizome.org, Link;
The Battle of Algiers (launches Wed 3.1), by Marc Lafia and Fang-Yu Lin, is a continual re-composition of scenes from the seminal 1965 film re-enactment of Gillo Pontecorvo's movie.
via Whitney artport:
The second of three works co-commissioned in collaboration with Tate Online.
Critical texts and video interviews with the artists will accompany the works at http://www.tate.org.uk/netart/
Launch Date: March 1
The Battle of Algiers by Marc Lafia and Fang-Yu Lin
This work recomposes scenes from the 1965 film The Battle of Algiers by Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo. The original film is a reenactment of the Algerian nationalist struggle leading to independence from France in 1962. The success of the actual battle for independence has been attributed to the nationalists organization: a pyramidal structure of self-organized cells. For the Whitney's artport, Lafia and Lin recomposed the film along a cell-based structure, in which French Authority and the Algerian Nationalist cells are represented by stills from the film and move according to different rule sets. When cells of different camps intersect, they trigger video cells displaying each side's tactics (as depicted in the film) according to the rules of the system.
via Tate Online :
The Battle of Algiers, 2006, by Marc Lafia and Fang-Yu Lin consists of a continual re-composition of scenes from the seminal 1965 film re-enactment of the same name, by Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo. The success of the actual battle for independence has been attributed to the nationalists' organisation: a pyramidal structure of-self organised cells.
Lafia's work uses computation to re-present the logic of the nationalists' tactics as depicted in Pontecorvo's film, by playing and sequencing clips along varied algorithmic trajectories, with prescribed instructions and rules.