Tag Archives: Spectacle

Cosmology of Surfaces

First test of rendering footage on simulated screens. Now to start being more narratively strategic about it as well as the placement of the screens and even their surroundings (room?) etc. … Couldn’t resist a bit of overly-dramatic music in the meantime.

 

 

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Some definitions

Footage / A recorded fragment of reality – collected for journalistic purposes

Telescape / An interspatial region facilitating an event seen from a distance (from Greek τελε-). The site of contemporary knowledge and memory

Screen / An apparatus on which telescapes exist and where footage acquires narrative purpose

Mince / An action of editing footage and to reveal by degrees rather than directly (to deceive)

Stir / An action of re-arranging footage and constructing the narrative in a different order

Fact / Constructed by mincing and stirring footage

Fiction / Constructed by mincing and stirring footage

Truthiness / The quality of a constructed fact

Spectacle / The goal for narrative success and reinforcer of truthiness

Time / Exploded by the quantity of footage and compressed by mincing

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War the Theatre of all Culture

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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

 

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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!

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War Is Beautiful – by David Shields David Shields analyzed over a decade s worth of front-page war photographs from The New York Times and came to a shocking conclusion: the photo-editing process of the paper of record, by way of pretty, heroic, and lavishly aesthetic image selection, pulls the wool over the eyes of its readers; Shields forces us to face not only the the media’s complicity in dubious and catastrophic military campaigns but our own as well. The mighty Times, far from being a check on governmental power, is in reality a massive amplifier for its dark forces by virtue of the way it aestheticizes warfare.

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.

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Book by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin Above Jospeh Goebbles is shown with a caption as he appeared in Brecht’s original War Primer but Bloomberg and Chanarin add a new dimension by overlaying a munch discussed photoshoped image of Iranian missiles over the Nazi chief of propaganda’s face

 

Oliver Laric ‘Versions’ – at 2:10 the missiles image shown collaged above Goebbles face is discussed.

4. War as Culture – Objects and Iconography

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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?

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Evolution of war iconography, Robert Overweg 2011, Greenspon, Oliver Stone / Willem Dafoe, Call of duty black ops. The photo on the left taken by Greenspon during the Vietnam war features a soldier in an iconic and archetypical posture. It displays pain agony, possibly a call to god* all things the American public could relate to during the ongoing vietnam war, the assassination of Martin Luther King jr. and Robert Kennedy. This same posture was used as an inspiration for another iconic image. Oliver Stone featured Willem Dafoe on the cover and posters for the movie Platoon with the same iconic hands in the air, agony and a call to god can also be found in this posture. Oliver Stone adds a new cultural meaning to the image of Greenspon. The same posture and reference is yet again used but now in the game call of duty: black ops. During the first quarter of 2011 this was the best selling game of all-time in dollars on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The iconic posture once introduced to our popular culture by Greenspon went from subjective registration to critical movie icon to be used in a commercial computer game.

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Post-jury jubilation …

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Tony Blair and the famous Selfie montage which ended up in an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum.

 

Below the short film produced for the Jury:

Updates on overall direction and new ideas to come :)

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On Fire … briefly

A quick fire test proved quite mesmerizing for the briefest of moments during which the object could hold itself upright, before going all-out ‘Hindenburg’ to the ground.

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The Story

When Bush senior took the US to Kuwait.  At 7:37 A New World Order is introduced for the first time here.

Below is my narrative set up, a first draft of the overall script. It will be reworked while I start putting the footage into place.

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Gogglebox – reaction as spectacle – We become the story

The overarching ‘Why?’

Disproportionality of footage versus events turns anything into spectacle; We become the story and the content of the story no longer matters. We stare back at ourselves.

A neo-baroque spectacle: What interests me socio-politically with the introduction of the term “neo-baroque” is to use it as an umbrella terminology to weave an argument referring to the relationship between footage and counter-rational dramatization of moments that are exploded within it. I have been compiling readings and references to sharpen this argument and its specific relationship to contemporary media and time (a lot of the terminology and philosophy spins it back to imploding or expanding of time through spectacle) It could, down the line provide characteristics of further “effects” that might be achieved with my proposal/footage/project structure.

What I allude to with Baroque and Neo-Baroque Spectacle (parts of the narration will start defining characteristics to open this discussion):

‘baroque’’ implied an art or music of extravagance, impetuousness, and virtuosity, all of which were concerned with stirring the affections and senses of the individual. The baroque was believed to lack the reason and discipline that came to be associated with neoclassicism and the era of the Enlightenment. More importantly how it was embraced by the Catholic church as tool of political power in the counter-reformation era very much how the media corporations today online or on various news feeds embrace our proliferated footage to generate meaning, often deliberately confusing and thusly managing perception of what is shown.

As a result of technological, industrial, and economic transformations, contemporary entertainment media reflect a dominant neo-baroque logic. The neo-baroque shares a baroque delight in spectacle and sensory experiences. Neo-baroque entertainments, however—which are the product of conglomerate entertainment industries, multi- media interests, and spectacle that is often reliant upon computer technology—present contemporary audiences with new baroque forms of expression that are aligned with late-twentieth- and early-twenty-first-century concerns. The neo-baroque combines the visual, the auditory, and the textual in ways that parallel the dynamism of seventeenth-century baroque form, but that dynamism is expressed in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries in technologically and culturally different ways. Importantly, underlying the emergence of the neo-baroque are transformed economic and social factors.

To conclude I don’t wish at this early stage for the terminology to distract but to frame a wider argument of the “Why” and it might help focus the next steps not only the ‘making-of’ ideas but also how to cement the footage-spectacle relationship.

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