[artinfo] The Communism of Form and the Music Clip
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July 18, 2007
The Communism of Form and the Music Clip
From this Friday until the beginning of August, Sao Paulo's Galeria
Vermelho hosts one of the most riveting exhibitions of the summer.
Curated by local critics Fernando Oliva and Marcelo Rezende,
'Communism of Form: Sound + Image + Time ? The Music Clip Strategy'
brings together works by 30 Brazilian and international artists that
reflect, examine, or evoke the aesthetics of the music clip within
contemporary visual culture.
The show's organizing principle takes on French critic Nicolas
Bourriaud's definition of 'communism of form,' an expression that
identifies the current art practices based on an immense library of
images, emotional states, and psychological experiences generated by
post-Fordist societies that are shared both by the artists and the
audience--as the music clip-- that thus engage in a participatory
relationship with the pieces.
Many artists--such as Forsyth & Pollard (UK), Apichatpong
Weerasethakul (Thailand), Nuevos Ricos (Mexico), Laibach (Slovenia),
and Tetine (Brazil)--developed new works, addressing with different
and surprising styles the fundamental elements of the music clip:
sound, image, and time.
As Oliva and Rezende say, 'the music clip, with its absence of an
hierarchy between the old and the new and the technological and the
craft, puts in motion all the world's repertoire.' A blog comprising
several posts--from film stills to YouTube videos--and a book with
various commissioned essays and interviews discussing the theoretical
frame of the show complements this project, expanding its original
and very opportune features in unexpected ways and furthering the
debate around this prominent cultural expression. - Miguel Amado
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