War By Remote Control
Tomasz Imielinski (guitar, vocal) James Jeude (bass) Tomasz Unrat (drums) System Crash is a New York-area avant-garde rock group which combines heavy sound with philosophical and political lyrics and multimedia projection of videos and sounds of current world, real and virtual. We collaborate with artists from Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University where Tomasz Imielinski is professor of computer science. Internity, the first show of System Crash, focused on the internet revolution and it's philosophical consequences - interplay between the virtual and real world, antropomorphization of machines, programs and files. It was featured in Knitting Factory in early 2001 and received enthusiastic reviews in Star Ledger and New York Times. Since Sept. 11 we live in a new, increasingly Orwellian world. Our artistic mission now is to provide a sober commentary on what we see around us without taking a political stance (although it is not always possible). This strange new world inspires many questions: What is the color of fear? Can fear be measured like temperature, humidity, or the direction of wind? The truth is that fear is already a part of our daily "weather report", as described in the song Republic of Fear. Is privacy a virtue or a sin? Everything single bit of information which we send or receive, every single action the virtual world, and increasingly, in the real world, is being recorded. Maybe on the day of judgment we will be faced with this information posted on the "God's home page" (Privacy). The virtual world periodically goes to panic mode with each new software virus, but what about the virus of propaganda - how it is carried? Via spoken sentences, through font and intonation (Virus). And of course, the war ... In War by remote control, war is fought remotely from a computer terminal by a child general who can click on the screen and send missiles several thousands of miles away without any casualties on "our side". Then, satellite cameras provide a reality show type pictures of damage and destruction which feed Nielsen ratings and the economy. There is no guilt, since War by remote control is "guilt free" according the "software warranty" In Language for sale, someone with a heavy accent (who is he?) has bought all English words in electronic auctions and, following a free trial period, will be charging for every word spoken or written ("your voice is recordable, everywhere you are my ticker is running") to the "owner of English". Finally, in Technical support, the familiar world of menus greets a customer who wrongly blames the telephone company for his own human communication problems. The new Internity theme and CD, War By Remote Control, continues from the first show, through mixing real with virtual - no matter whether virtual is created by machines or humans.