Bifocal 4: Fisher Body and WALL-E

“At once avant and pop, horrendously bleak and cheerfully cute, WALL-E is the quintessential twenty-first-century motion picture. Celebrating (or embalming) an obsolete technology, it’s the 2001 of 2008–a postphotographic film set in a posthuman universe.”

Excerpt from “21st Century Cinema: Death and Resurrection in the Desert of the (New) Real” by J. Hoberman, Artforum International Dec. 2009: 210-29. Print.

Image: Scott Hocking,  Ziggurat—East, Summer, Fisher Body Plant #21, 2008, Archival digital print. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI.