THE OTTOMAN PROGRESSION
2015, 05:15 minutes, colour, English
Part of a series titled "re/renderingthelandscape."
“re/renderingthelandscape” is a program of interrogating the legacy of painterly and cinematic genres present in the physical and cultural transitions embodied in the surface features of an area of land, and in the cultural acquisition and manipulation of information. To which the language of the digital post-production (multiple takes, cross-dissolve, warp-stabilizer, colour correction) is deployed as means of articulating our changing relationship “to the catalogue of forms, postures, and images” (Bourriaud) we now call the landscape.
The Ottoman Progression focuses on the iconography of 20th Century: the automobile, the urban street, and the city dweller. Like the Ottoman Empire in its final days (“Sick man of Europe”), the 20th Century in its final decades cascades toward its own pathology – the automobile in epic progression dominates and devourers the landscape. The spectacle of degradation unfolds as multiple images of a single automobile as it enters the frame, turns, and then drives away. This sequence of events is repeated until its details cannot be recognised. Courtly Turkish music provides (a mesmerising) backdrop lamenting the inevitable tragedy. The techniques of the digital post-production in their abundant capacity to reveal the unmitigated reality, the truth/disaster, convulse in a kind of orchestrated death roll.
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