The Spectacle of Society: Recent Experimental Film and Video

Seven socially themed works, most rather pessimistic. In his densely philosophical Metronome (2002), Daniel Cockburn rhythmically pounds his chest (wondering if his heart will sync up), equates repetition with hell, and quotes Wittgenstein on language as “an immense network of wrong turnings.” Lenka Clayton's Qaeda Quality Question Quickly Quickly Quiet (2003) recuts Bush's famous “axis of evil” speech to put the words in alphabetical order. The remix is arguably more meaningful than the original: the president says “America” many more times than “peace.” In Temporary Occupations (2001), Alex Villar traverses niches between buildings, fences, and other structures, making creative use of the urban landscape to offer a peculiar vision of freedom. 66 min.

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