HD Video, 14'56'', 2016, by Dorine van Meel.
Music and sounds produced and performed by Jesse Osborne-Lanthier and Olle Holmberg.
"Disobedient Children" was first shown at Kunstraum, London.
"And the images of sweating gladiators, their glistening muscles against a darkened sky, heavily breathing, dramatic music, the brave looking soldiers with their hands on their guns, the feet sinking in the swamps of the unknown lands, they mix with the television-channeled sword fighting knights, ancient temples on the news, it resonates so uncomfortably."
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Press Release by Thomas Cuckle (excerpt)
"Disobedient Children sets out to unravel the relationship between our own desires, and desires as they are formulated by others for us. Van Meel’s script investigates how identities could be produced differently and how one can be political within an increasingly neoliberal society. The visual language which the artist adopts – the atmospheres which the work produces, the 3D generated landscapes, the use of digital glitches and technologically produced moire patterns – can be understood as a stand in for an unknown future, something which cannot be seen but the shape of which can already be discerned. As the camera moves through a hazy field of colours in which a physical reality is yet to crystallise, a semi-transparent sheet flows majestically across the frame as if caught in a gust of wind. Perhaps aspirations for a better future may be transient, but nonetheless they must fly."