October 9, 2020 - February 7, 2021
Curated by Valerie Verhack
"A world ruled by structures and systems where performance is key, optimisation forms a constant preoccupation and gamification is used as a means to drive up participation… All these properties defining society today were first explored by Ericka Beckman in her films in the early 1980s, long before the introduction of social media and virtual interaction.
At M, Ericka Beckman presents her first 16 mm film 'You The Better' (1983) within a fully immersive environment, and her new film 'Reach Capacity' (2020), shown in world premiere. The two works share societal concerns and the use of game as a structuring device, prompting the question, can one ever outwit a dominating system?"