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Postby spikyface » Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:33 pm

http://www.popularunrest.org/

Just saw the first episode of this and thought it was worth sharing
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Re: Popular Unrest

Postby Sighclone » Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:46 pm

"Brave New World" meets "1984" meets "The Matrix" set in a very bloody future...

In its North American premiere, London-based Canadian artist Melanie Gilligan’s newest multi-episode drama, Popular Unrest, presents surreal, satirical and disturbing narratives based on the current state of politics, the public realm, and the recent global economic crisis.

Rather than take a documentary approach to its subject matter, the film offers a fictional future, in which all monetary exchanges and social interactions are overseen by a system called ‘the Spirit’. Its five episodes center on eight unrelated people who are mysteriously drawn together to form a group. When assembled they feel a deep and persistent sense of connection. They are not the only ones; this phenomenon of ‘groupings’ is happening world-wide. Meanwhile, a rash of mysterious and disturbing killings has broken out across the globe. These murders often take place in public but witnesses never see an assailant. As the story develops, the killings become the thread that ties the group to ‘the Spirit’, but they need to discover how and why.

Popular Unrest explores a world in which the self is reduced to a biology directly subjected to the needs of capital. Hotels offer bed-warming servants with every room, people are fined for not preventing foreseeable illness, the overweight consume foods that waste the body from within, and the unemployed repay their debt to society in physical energy. If on the one hand this suggests the complete domination of life by exchange value do the newly formed groups offer a way out?

Shot in London with a cast of twelve main actors, Popular Unrest is partly inspired by David Cronenberg’s ‘body horror’ and American television dramas like Bones, CSI and Dexter, in which reality is perceived through a pornographic forensics of empirical and visceral phenomena. As with Gilligan’s recent video works, the film’s episodic structure takes its cue from television and its ability to dispense a storyline in stages.

Popular Unrest is co-commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery, London, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, and Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre. Supported by Galleria Franco Soffiantino, Turin, and the Arts Council of England.


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Re: Popular Unrest

Postby spikyface » Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:31 pm

A phrase comes to mind, "no matter what experiences or realisations occur, they are all usurped by the mind"

This series seems to illustrate a world where a collective mind does exactly that to the populace
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