FLASH ART VIDEO
The Feast of Trimalchio
AES+F, The Feast of Trimalchio, 2009
“In 1969 Federico Fellini had the premier of Fellini Satyricon, a polemical film based on the homonymous text by the poet Petronio Arbitro in which the central part of the piece is the reconstruction of the extravagant feast offered by Trimalchio — a slave converted to a new rich man […] Forty years after Fellini’s masterpiece, AES+F offers a new version […] Their film installation The Feast of Trimalchio (2009) is indulgent and technologically impeccable. The dystopic Arcady in which the feast takes place is an amalgam of oriental and neoclassical architecture digitally recreated and traversed by a series of characters that relate to one another polyphonically; their poses emulate iconographical arch etypes of Mannerist paintings and their frozen and distant gestures mimic haute couture. These figures characterize a new oligarchy that continues to pursue the realization of their extravagant pleasures, set against their equilibrated diet, cholesterol-free foods and Japanese seaweeds, their relaxation in the sauna and lengthy workouts in the gym… […] AES+F’s work is nurtured from moral and cultural paradoxes: seduction and threat; hyperrealism and artificiality; classicism and contemporaneity; spirituality and sensuality; historicism and the end of history. AES+F does not conclude the narrative; there is no final scene. The outcome remains as an open question that will disturb the spectator, inasmuch that only he can give an answer.”
Read Javier Panera’s full text on AES+F’s The Feast of Trimalchio in the October issue of Flash Art International.
Luke Fowler, George, 2008
“George was an attempt to reconsid er the basic components of my approach to filmmaking and boil them down to their bare essentials. The act of looking is implicit in my past documentary work but in this study it becomes the focus. The starting point for the film was the area that I was born and still reside in; the west end of Glasgow and its conjunction with the location where the film was first installed; a flat in Garnet Hill. The walk between these locations, and also central to the film is through the St. George’s X area. The film deals with the relationship between sounds and images, acoustic phenomena and architectural details.”
For more about Luke Fowler’s work, read Ellen Mara De Wachter’s text, The Paradox of Clarity, in the October issue of Flash Art International.
Luke Fowler, Achterhaven Splinters, 2007
“Achterhaven Splinters is a fragmented portrait of Achterhaven, a working-class suburb of Rotterdam. Shot over the course of twenty-four hours, a series of fleeting moments of everyday life is scrutinised and exploded in the process of hand printing. The documentary sequences begin to take on new meanings when subject to the physical manipulation of light, chemistry and material. The soundtrack was recorded whilst on location and then composed to the images. Its dynamic texture mirrors the images in its fluctuation between reality and abstraction<>.” Luke Fowler
For more about Luke Fowler’s work, read Ellen Mara De Wachter’s text, The Paradox of Clarity, in the October issue of Flash Art International. ;
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