Punctured Sky

​​An unseen narrator reunites with his old friend Joey Bernstein in the dingy back room of a comic and games store located in a dead mall. Bernstein asks if the narrator remembers their favorite childhood computer game, Punctured Sky, and informs him that all trace of the game has vanished from history. The narrator embarks on a quest through a parallel universe full of animal-human hybrids to uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of Punctured Sky. Along the way, he must contend with a series of strange encounters on and offline and confront the precariousness of memory in the digital age.

Director Biography

Jon Rafman (born 1981) is a Canadian artist, filmmaker, and essayist. His work centers around the emotional, social and existential impact of technology on contemporary life. His artwork has gained international attention and was exhibited in 2015 at Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (Montreal) and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. He is widely known for exhibiting found images from Google Street View in his online artwork 9-Eyes (2009-ongoing). His films have been shown at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Festival du nouveau cinéma, Montreal World Film Festival, and Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival. He is exhibited internationally with work in the collections of MoMA, Stedelijk, Moderna Museet, Dallas Art Museum, National Gallery of Canada. Represented by Sprüth Magers Gallery


Jon Rafman


Dutch premiere


United States, Canada









Retracing Memory

Saturday, 11 June 11:30 - 13:00 / Kijkhuis 1
90 min.
Sunday, 12 June 12:30 - 14:10 / Kijkhuis 2
100 min.

Also in this session

1. Punctured Sky
Jon Rafman, 21
2. It's Raining Frogs Outside
Maria Estela Paiso, 14 min.
3. And Then They Burn the Sea
Majid Al-Remaihi, 13
4. Love, Dad
Diana Cam Van Nguyen, 13 min.
5. Ob Scena
Paloma Orlandini Castro, 18 min.
6. Compositions For Understanding Relationships
David De La Fuente, 6