Rats and Cats / Katter og rotter
Produced by Roderick Coover and Scott Rettberg
A blind date between an American epidemiologist and a Norwegian woman takes place on a transatlantic Skype call. While trying to impress his potential paramour with his important work in studying contemporary epidemics, the clumsy American steers the conversation terribly wrong, toward a discussion of the Plague and all the devastating historical memories it entails.
Rats and Cats / Katter og rotter was filmed on the Norwegian shoreline, on the banks of a US northeastern city, in a science laboratory, and along the shores of the UK, from which ships carrying plague-diseased rats were said to have come.
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Direction: Roderick Coover
Writing: Scott Rettberg
Translation by: Jill Walker Rettberg
Voices: Jill Walker Rettberg and Rob Wittig
Technical: 9 Minutes, HD 16:9, Color, Stereo.
Roderick Coover b. 1967 is a filmmaker/artist. Coover is the creator or co-creator of works of digital, interactive and emergent cinema such as Toxi•City, Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project, Three Rails Live, and The Theory of Time. He is also the maker of documentary films and interactive, documentary research projects such as The Unknown Territories Project, From Verite to Virtual: Conversations On The Frontiers Of Anthropology And Documentary Film, The Language of Wine: An Anthropology of Work Wine And The Senses and Cultures In Webs: Working In Hypermedia With The Documentary Image. His works are distributed by Video Data Bank, Documentary Educational Resources, and Eastgate Systems and his book, Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology In The Humanities And Arts is published by University of Chicago Press. Coover is Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University and Founding Director of the MFA-PHD Dual Degree Program in Documentary Arts and Visual Research. He lives in Philadelphia. More at roderickcoover.com.
Scott Rettberg b. 1970 is professor of digital culture in the department of linguistic, literary, and aesthetic studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. He is leader of the Bergen Electronic Literature Research Group and director of the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base. Rettberg is the author or coauthor of novel-length works of electronic literature, combinatory poetry, and films including The Unknown, Kind of Blue, Implementation, Frequency, The Catastrophe Trilogy, Three Rails Live, Toxi•City, Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project and others. His creative work has been exhibited both online and at art venues, including the Inova Gallery, Rom 8, the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum, Palazzo dell Arti Napoli, Beall Center, the Slought Foundation, The Krannert Art Museum, and elsewhere. Rettberg is the cofounder and served as the first executive director of the nonprofit Electronic Literature Organization, where he directed major projects funded by the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.