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The Age of Chopping Off Heads

BROWN, Ian, Campbell, David and Durden, Mark (2017) The Age of Chopping Off Heads. [Artefact]

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Brief Description:

The Age of Chopping Off Heads consists of two video works; Dying is for Amateurs and Trial by Media. Two choreographed dance performances have been filmed as interpretations of pop songs, written and recorded by Common Culture, with lyrics adapted from celebrity confession interviews. The music itself is produced by using, and manipulating, publicly available music samples in free to use Digital Audio Workspaces.

Research Statement:
Borrowing the format celebrity confessional interviews as a formal register of a particularly pernicious form of contemporary commodification, Common Culture have combined generic music samples with lyrics formed from the delusional, narcissistic confessions of celebrities drawn from the worlds of film, television, music and art.

The concept of 'throwing voices’ in order to make claims about how the world is, or should be, provides a device to ventriloquise our interest in unsettling and corrupting the persuasive and fascinating allure of contemporary spectacle. As recent political events have demonstrated, the throwing of voices has proven to be spectacularly and catastrophically successful.

The use of music and celebrity, and the mechanisms of their production and consumption, allows the research to interrogate the seductive allure of the culture industry by appropriating and redeploying the forms and conventions by which it routinely exploits and commodifies individual ambition as formulaic spectacle. The work is formed around two components; the production of pop songs (with the translation of found dialogue into lyrics) and the production of choreographed dance routines.

The appropriation and adaptation of ‘found’ scripted forms of confession from ‘celebrity and political interviews’ is converted into mainstream pop lyrics to creates a context to interrogate how this material surfaces and is mediated into the public realm.

Common Culture worked with choreographer and dancer Kelly Bates, attuned to the clichés of televisual dance interpretation, to produce specifically defined new routines. The use of the dance routine within the music industry as a visual spectacle is utilised to enquire on its function within promotional videos and live performances, adding to the music as a packaged product for mass consumption. The appropriation of this mode of address allows the redeployment of the characteristics of product to be critiqued within a contemporary art context.

Item Type: Artefact
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Art and Design
Event Location: Arquipelago, Centro de Artes Contemporaneas
Depositing User: Ian BROWN
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2019 12:45
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2019 12:33
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/5525

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