During this very special night Shu Lea Cheang’s experimental film UKI, a sequel to her much acclaimed cyberpunk cult movie I.K.U. from 2001, will be shown at Berghain Kantine. The performance video in its edited version is further processed during the live performance. While Shu Lea Cheang is processing the video, sound artists from Berlin (complete listing below) and I will create the sound live on stage as a non-stop hyper-jam session collective performance during the whole screening (running time 70 minutes).
UKI is conceived as a sequel to my cyberpunk feature I.K.U. (2000, premiered at Sundance Film Festival). I.K.U. tells the story of GENOM Corp, an internet porn enterprise who dispatches I.K.U. coders to collect orgasm data. Made into mobilephone chip, GENOM introduces orgasm on the go and makes a huge profit. In post-netcrash UKI, the data deprived I.K.U. coders are dumped on the Etrashscape where coders, twitters, networkers crush and crashed. Exchanging sex for code, code sexing code, UKI as virus emerge while GENOM retreats to BioNet. Taking human body hostage, GENOM reformats blood cells into microcomputing ORGANISMO (organic orgasm). UKI, the virus, enacted to infect a city, propagated, mobilized to infiltrate BIONET, sabotage ORGANISMO and reclaim the lost orgasm data. (Text by Shu Lea Cheang)