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CPH Remix

Runar Gudnason and Ulrik Gutkin's Danish video documentary (2005, 39 min.) follows two Copenhagen street artists making graffiti and installations as the city prepares for a royal wedding. Some of their art looks intriguing, with clever wordplay (“everyday terror”) and dramatic designs, but the video is too pretentiously poetic and allusive to make much sense. I never thought I'd regret the absence of an omniscient narrator, but it's not clear what these artists think they're doing or what makes them different from the myriad street artists elsewhere. Also on the program is Matt McCormick's superb and hilarious The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal (2001, 17 min.), at once a delightful parody of overheated art-history hermeneutics and an authentic plea for the appreciation of disregarded urban patterns.

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