My Endless Dystopian Summer Blockbuster

Goodwin, Mitch (2011) My Endless Dystopian Summer Blockbuster.

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Abstract

One of the defining properties of network culture is the emergence of the remix. My Endless Dystopian Blockbuster is a video assemblage – or essay film – which remixes elements from two genres of feature film production: apocalyptic cinema (impending, post and ongoing) and the cinema of paranoia (in which fear and trepidation is built around the use of technology, primarily the computer and the internet). In both genres there exists the fear of the unknown or the unseen until it is invariably too late. Within apocalyptic cinema the predominate themes are familiar cataclysmic tropes – threats of nuclear annihilation, resource depletion, financial collapse, alien invasion (both species and inter-planetary object), disease (often of ancient and mysterious origin) and perhaps the two most predominate anxieties of the contemporary era – climate collapse and the walking dead.

Research Statement

Research Background Structurally the most applicable reference that can be used to describe the technical approach to the My Endless Dystopian Summer Blockbuster assemblage is the methodology of the supercut remix. A genre of user generated video meme in which a collection of short sharp film samples on a similar theme or context are mixed together in a continuous stream of clips.
Research Contribution Goodwin's work as a video artist has included notions of remix and assemblage for several decades, it carries on from a tradition of work dating back to Nam June Paik which infuses meaning and narrative through the use of found content and electronic ephemera. Recent examples include Christian Marclay’s "The Clock" (2010) and Craig Baldwin’s 2003 assemblage, "Spectres of the Spectrum".
Research Significance In light of the content - tech-paranoia, natural & unnatural apocalypse - the aim of this work is to intimate the aesthetic effect of data visualization, high-end digital animation and compositing, so-called "machine vision" and the use of the screen and all its variants as narrative device in the design and the delivery of the gothic high-tech apocalypse. While this may be a heightened experience of an already hyper-real construct the work seeks to reveal the endlessness of the contemporary Dystopian narrative and perhaps more pertinently the apparent desensitization that these hyper paranoid constructs create in the wider audience.
Item ID: 26492
Item Type: Video
Media of Output: Two Channel 1080P Video Installation
Keywords: dystopia, paranoia, summer blockbuster, internet, assemblage, video installation
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This work was exhibited in Dark Euphoria: Unclassified Media at the eMerge Media Space, Townsville from October 2011-March 2012. See the Related URLs link below for more information.

Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 03:56
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television @ 60%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190104 Visual Cultures @ 40%
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