featured | Post Modem short film + song inspired by Ray Kurzweil

Award winning film-maker + artist Jillian Mayer explores singularity.
April 1, 2018


Watch the short film Post Modem — and listen to “Mega Mega Upload” the theme song.

about | The short art film Post Modem by award winning film-maker + artist Jillian Mayer — featured at leading venues including the South by Southwest conference & film festival — explores singularity themes and today’s digital worlds.

short film: Post Modem
director: Jillian Mayer, Lucas Leyva
executive producer: Dennis Scholl
year: 2014

theme song: “Mega Mega Upload”
musician: by Jillian Mayer
year: 2014

watch: Post Modemfilm
listen: “Mega Mega Upload” • song


About the short film’s themes.

about the film • from the creators | Post Modem is a satirical, science fiction, pop musical film — based on the theories of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists. It’s the story of 2 Miami, Florida girls and how they deal with the technological singularity, as told through a series of cinematic tweets.

Jillian Mayer is a visual performance artist and film-maker. Her video works and performances have been displayed at galleries and museums internationally — plus film festivals such as SXSW, Sundance, Rottenberg, and the New York Film Festival. She was recently featured in Art Papers and in Art News discussing identity, internet and her artistic practices and influences.

Through videos, sculptures, online experiences, photography, performances, and installations, she explores how tech affects our lives, bodies and identities. Mayer investigates the points of tension between our online and physical worlds and shows their porous boundary.

She has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Bass Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum. Jillian Mayer’s work has been featured in Art Papers, Art in America, Art News, The Huffington Post and The New York Times. She was listed in the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Film•Maker Magazine with creative partner Lucas Leyva.

note • from Jillian Mayer | Hello, my name is Jillian Mayer and my work generally crosses between film, installation, performance and web. My art plays in the digital realm while incorporating interactive and tech elements to create a non-linear meta-narrative.

My exhibitions feature sculpture, installation, websites, automated toll-free phone messaging services, and performance exploring the concept of a technological singularity — the theoretical moment in time when the boundary between human + machine no longer exists.

I use comedy to inspire introspection about technology’s place as a surrogate for spirituality in our lives. Beyond spirituality, tech becoming much more than just a tool — regardless of whether predictions of futurists like Ray Kurzweil come to fruition. I explore the ramifications of this impending change, from sociological to sublime.

image | left
Portrait of film-maker + artist Jillian Mayer.


lyrics | “Mega Mega Upload”
For the meta-pop theme song by film-maker + artist Jillian Mayer.

listen: original song

If you want to be the original
Who go straight from analog to digital
If you want to be the original
Who transcends and leaves the physical

mega mega upload, mega mega upload
mega mega upload, we’re about to
mega mega upload, mega mega upload
mega mega upload, we’re about to

5000 likes, shine brighter than 5000 lights
Upload your brain, your thoughts
Your sense, your taste, your sight
So many things we see we don’t know
We feel our limits on this material globe

Ask me abuela, what life was like before the net
Ella no recuerda, it was a time that she forgets

If we’re all losing our memory of life before
Then what’s the point in living off line anymore?

All I want to be is the original, who go straight from analog to digital
All I want to be is the original, who transcends and leaves the physical

mega mega upload, mega mega upload
mega mega upload, I’m about to
mega mega upload, mega mega upload
mega mega upload, I’m about to

I know your pain being here, existing like a drone
The steps are easy, follow them, you can do them from your home
If when in public, you don’t look up, you never look up from your phone
That disconnect it pulls you in, into the digital zone

Oh let’s just leave this world behind, make it in the new world that’s online
Otherwise will just be wasting time, if you’re looking for that

mega mega upload, keep it on the down low
I’ll release the download, that lets the people upload
It’s gonna happen fast though, so watch it all in slow mo
On the viral video of my upload

All I want to be is the original, who go straight from analog to digital
All I want to be is the original, who transcends and leaves the physical

mega mega upload, mega mega upload
mega mega upload, I’m about to
mega mega upload, mega mega upload
mega mega upload, I’m about to



on the web | essentials
Background on award winning film-maker + artist Jillian Mayer.

Jillian Mayer | main
Jillian Mayer | YouTube channel
Jillian Mayer + Lucas Leyva | main

David Castillo Gallery | artist: Jillian Mayer
Locust Projects | artist: Jillian Mayer

Wikipedia | Jillian Mayer
Flaunt | Jillian Mayer
Distinct Daily | Jillian Mayer

Ocean Drive | Everything you need to know about artist Jillian Mayer
Film-Maker Magazine | The 25 New Faces in Independent Film: Jillian Mayer + Lucas Leyva

Bad at Sports | episode no. 485: Jillian Mayer

Auburn Univ. • Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art | YouTube channel: main
Auburn Univ. • Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art | YouTube channel: spotlight on Jillian Mayer • visiting artist