Running Men

McKewen, Daniel (2014) Running Men. [Visual Artwork]

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Description

In this multi-screen installation, iconic male characters from Hollywood films are reconfigured to create infinitely looping scenes of running; trapping the characters in a kind of Nietchzen eternal recurrence. Stemming primarily from my investigation into anxiety as a shared social experience, the carefully edited, looped, and rotoscoped characters become avatars or surrogates for myself, and for the viewer. Through this editing, they are caught in a space of relentless confusion and paranoia – they run with, and from, anxiety. They are never caught by any unseen pursuers, but are equally unable to catch up to any unseen goal. These figures act as models of masculinity, they are objects of identification and emulation. Simultaneously, as celebrities, they are also fictions of the media sphere, both real and ethereal, they are impossible to grasp. In this duality, the work also references cinema’s tangled conflation of character and celebrity identity. It examines the subjective and intersubjective engagements we can have with popular culture, and the way that these engagements can as strategies to ‘make sense’ of social experiences. The work was exhibited in the Carriageworks space of ‘You Imagine What You Desire’, the 19th Biennale of Sydney.

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ID Code: 94144
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Funders: Australia Council
Material: Five-channel HD video installation
Measurements or Duration: Infinite loop, installation dimensions vary
Locations/Venues:
Location: From date: To date:
19th Biennale of Sydney, Carriageworks 2014-03-21 2014-06-09
Gold Coast City Gallery 2012-12-08 2013-02-03
The Block, QUT Precints, Kelvin Grove 2012-03-28 2012-03-30
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Keywords: Contemporary Art, Video Art, Popular culture, screen culture, video installation, Hollywood, fandom
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
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)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Performance and Installation Art (190504)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Funding:
  • AUSTRALIA COUNCIL/182449
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Daniel McKewen
Deposited On: 24 Mar 2016 00:37
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2016 04:16

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