New Ways of Seeing: World on a Wire

From Micah Vanderhoof, Theater Manager
World on a Wire

Director: Ranier Werner Fassbinder, West Germany, 1973 – 2 Episodes
Streaming on the Criterion Channel

Fassbinder’s bafflingly prescient and deeply paranoid made-for-TV science fiction mini-series combines the height of ‘70s sci-fi aesthetics with a film noir-esque form. After witnessing some odd goings-on within the simulation that hosts the consciousnesses of an unaware group of humans, a cybernetics engineer uncovers a vast corporate conspiracy. With a keen focus on the philosophical questions raised by human’s relationship to modern/future technology, World on a Wire is perfect binge material for anyone thinking about the implications of living vicariously through one’s screen.