From the Jury discussion there were several topics I found extremely interesting and I am currently organizing thoughts into a new potential direction.
Through a series of pieces the next stage of the project could be described; The pieces are to include highly specific films each accompanied by an illustration/drawing, an object and text/poem/article. A balance between visual ambiguity and clarity could describe a narrative through each piece and altogether would form the story.
The proposal for now aims at focusing on ‘War’ as an apparatus for discussing new architectural aesthetics (purely War at its most beautiful and spectacular forms in contemporary media) and instead of the output being a narrative about warfare its phantasmagorical effects are used as a proxy for new narratives.
1. The Forever War
In this way war phantasmagorias are to act as a framework for both commentary and design proposal within the context of a state of perpetual war and arguably one in which war or the military industrial complex are mothers/fathers of culture itslef.
2. It Is beautiful!
3. Brecht’s Primer in 3 steps
With Brecht’s work, re-readings by Walter Benjamin as well as subsequent reproductions of his War Primer, I aim to identify characteristics of theatricality/phantasmagoria (baroque effects) that are prevalent today and can become the crux to a language of aesthetics.
Oliver Laric ‘Versions’ – at 2:10 the missiles image shown collaged above Goebbles face is discussed.
4. War as Culture – Objects and Iconography
The famous spectacle of the ‘Fly-By’ during major events over London is predominantly a parade of aerial military technologies where even commercial objects (concorde and later A380) become nationalist icons and int he case of the concorde produced as competition during a climate of war (Cold War)
5. ‘Punk’ as the Counter-culture to War:
Through music, fashion and the arts the counter-culture to political establishments is seen.
Punk aesthetics of the 70s and 80s are already dated, what would 21st Century Punk look like or Punk architecture?
Post-jury jubilation …
Below the short film produced for the Jury:
Updates on overall direction and new ideas to come