Thoughts make the world

Stevens, Grant William (2014) Thoughts make the world. [Visual Artwork]

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Image credit: Thoughts Make the World, 2014, digital video stills, courtesy the artist and Starkwhite, Auckland
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Thoughts Make the World is a synchronised two-channel video with sound. On the right-hand screen, a young man and woman exchange timeworn philosophical phrases and existential questions. On the left-hand screen, a guitarist plays a soundtrack that slowly builds over time. As the actors’ quest for meaning struggles toward an unresolved end, the guitarist launches into a climactic, liberating solo, eclipsing their somewhat-labored attempts to understand existence. By contrasting these verbal and non-verbal signifiers of self-reflection and self-expression, Thoughts Make the World questions how and where to grapple with enduring existential problems in a context dominated by the pre-packaged formats of popular culture and ironic modes of individualised response.

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ID Code: 75885
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Material: synchronised two-channel digital video
Measurements or Duration: 6 min 21 sec
Location: From date: To date:
Starkwhite, Auckland 2014-07-07 2014-08-02
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Keywords: art, existential, philosophy, guitar, self-expression
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Grant Stevens
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2014 00:50
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2014 01:24

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