[NetBehaviour] Digital Art and Design at Writtle School of Art.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Feb 15 11:26:49 CET 2010
Hi Liz & other students at Writtle...
I was watching the work 'System and Chance Experiments'. I think the
cutting of images and film work really well. But I think the music is a
bit too tinny. Also, I am wondering if you need this music at all - my
suggestion, which is only a suggestion is to, put an ambient track there
instead. Not only that, have a look at how other artists have dealt with
communicating their concepts using similar process for expression, such
as the situationists. The reason I am mentioning this is that you could
explore either cutting up other conversations relating to the subject of
your video and then adding them to the visuals. Or add alternative form
of music and sound.
Here are some examples you may find interesting:
Stewart Home, on the Blissett Enigma. nice little piece from Stewart
Home which gives a good insight into the origins of Luther Blissett.
Musical Score from the WoT4 CD "The Open Pop Star" by Luther Blissett
1999. Audio by Radio Eye (AUS) 2001 An extract from film The Luther
Blissett Enigma taken from the "What happened to Luther Blissett 10.5
years DVD also by, would you believe it Luther Blissett.
Excerpts from the LB Enigma (4): Luther Blissett.
The evening of December the 31st 1999. Luther Blissett's last night,
well maybe anyway here's his version of events. Taken from the LB 10.5
Can Dialectics Break Bricks? 1
"La Dialectique Peut-Elle Casser Des Briques?, in English, "Can
Dialectics Break Bricks?", is a 1973 Situationist film produced by the
French director René Viénet which explores the resolution of conflict
through dialogue as opposed to violence.
The film uses a much older martial arts film ("The Crush" from Doo Kwang
Gee) for its visuals which has been dubbed over by the filmmakers in an
attempt at detournement. The concept and motivation of this film was to
adapt a bourgeois film into a radical critique of cultural hegemony and
thus into tools of subversive revolutionaries ideals.
The Narrative is based upon a conflict between the proletarian and
bureaucrats within state capitalism. The proletarians enlist their
dialectics and radical subjectivity to fight their oppressors whilst the
bureaucrats defend themselves using a combination of bribery and
violence. The film is noted for its humorous approach to this serious
The film also contains many references to revolutionaries who thought
and fought for the realisation of a post-capitalist world, including
Marx, Bakunin, and Wilhelm Reich. Also Subplots dealing with issues of
gender equality, alienation, trade unionism, May 1968, and the
Situationist themselves are riddled throughout the film."
Be patient, the film really starts after a few minutes...
What is interesting regarding Situationist film-making is the
appropriation of film and other materials created by others, which have
been remixed to get their own ideas across. You have naturally done this
in your own work, which is interesting but I think you need to go one
tiny step further. I think what would also make the work more dynamic is
not making it a pop video, but something else.
I hope this helps, others may have completely different suggestions.
will have a look at other works on the blog :-)
wishing you well.
> I’m studying Digital Art and Design at Writtle School of Art.
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