Afterthoughts on Anarchy is for Lovers
Having sent an email thanking those at the Illustris project (the scientists responsible for the images of space) it is with credit to them for working towards supplying such simulations that the video is able to exist. After initially facing some indications, whilst in the gallery workshop, that there may be problems gaining existing footage due to copyright laws, it was with such in mind that I consulted a friend who works within the field of physics (specifically focusing on gravitational waves), as to whether he knew of any media sources who provide free content for the general public, he recommended Illustris and the rest is history.
That the obstacle was overcome by the work of progressive academics became part of the story and if truth be told, I am, in hindsight, grateful of the issue as it narrowed my options immensely, making it somewhat easier to work towards the four week deadline. It became more of a collaborative effort than I had originally intended, as I was forced to throw out questions and opinions to those within my immediate circle but as I did the project took on even more dimensions.
Censorship and freedom of online access is a topic that fits perfectly with the sentiment intended within the video. The dark web being seen as a black market source by many instead of as a place in which citizens as netizens can exist without the onslaught of advertising and insistence on late twentieth century capitalism as the primary means of economy is a value that is at the core of the project.
Whilst I am aware that academia carries it’s own set of censorship/copyright politics, it was here that I found more freedom than within popular culture. The middle part of the video contains datamoshed images of the newly constructed skywalk (courtesy of another friend and working artist whose visual experiments can be found, for those interested, here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMfd_isJ-46tdl6csZmr6uQ ) that is currently being presented as a tourist attraction in Hebei. Due to the footage being altered sufficiently enough to be unrecognisable, it evades such regulations.
The full video is now available for view on YouTube, however, the exhibition will be showing at the Nottingham Contemporary until the 30th April (where it sits alongside an accompanying set of photographs). A gallery tour is set to take place on the 19th April at 1pm.
Radical Black Art Convention (Revisited)
Really interesting discussions at the Radical Black Art Convention (Revisited) this weekend. Gained some ideas for a piece on mental health within black communities.