SINGLE CHANNEL VIDEO

The Tower Trilogy 1/3:
Enter The Ministry

1999, 1:02 minutes, colour, English

 

A blazing call to arms, the command to release the fiend, the rising anticipation of inevitable strife and death.

 

In 1996 I began a trilogy in which a visual syntax could be developed over a series of iterations, each being more definitive than the last. A trilogy in which viewers would be forced to re-examine the same sampled vignettes in varying orders with varying tempos in order to familiarize them with the recurring associations. Mythologically, the curse of language has always been that which was once ordered and unifying, then torn asunder by a wrathful god. The resultant free associations and misinterpretations led to confusion, contempt and catastrophy.

 

The remix being appropriate to this for the same reason that it is a reinterpretation of an original gesture. With each iteration comes a refined phrasing of the visual statement, an aural/visual record that through multiplicity and alteration becomes clearer and more succinct, rather than obscured over time like so many other histories.