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Monday, March 20, 2006

Fun: The Heights of Pretension

There are a lot of serious topics I could discuss. There are things that excite me, like the newfound ability to run Windows directly on the intel-based Macintosh hardware. There are things that anger me, like Marvel and DC's shameless attempts to claim trademark on the term "Superhero". Hell, there are things that amuse me, and thus should (by extension) amuse you as well, such as this gravity game.

But instead, let's talk about pretension.

Now don't get me wrong, I like "art". I consider myself an artist, I produce artistic works of various kinds. However, I've noticed that no matter what the medium, there are people that take themselves far far too seriously. They annoy me. Since I've been dealing with photography a lot lately, I've been especially noticing pretentious photographers. ("The horizon is tilted and the foreground is out of focus because I'm making a statement about the transient nature of relationships, and anyone that can't see that is a soulless hack.")

However, I'm pleased to announce that I have found something that buries the needle on the pretention scale, and I'm going to share it with you. I believe that in the future, we will be able to measure anything by comparison, treating this as a "10" and rating everything else against it.

It's a movie trailer, for a movie named "Drawing Restraint 9". A good trailer distills the essence of a movie into a 2 to 3 minute segment. Here, that distillation has produced something so purely high-falutin' that it beggars the mind. It has everything. Random imagery, something vaguely disgusting portrayed as art, unpleasant music, jarring editting, association of physical things with intangibles, and Bjork. Here's the blurb:
The core idea of Drawing Restraint 9 is the relationship between self-imposed resistance and creativity, a theme it symbolically tracks through the construction and transformation of a vast sculpture of liquid Vaseline, called “The Field”, which is molded, poured, bisected and reformed on the deck of the ship over the course of the film.
And here's the link to the trailer itself. Enjoy it, I dare you.

We'll find a way to violate the Superhero trademark a little later, OK?


At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it OK if I secretly enjoy the trailer a little bit even as I deplore the artistic pretentiousness that makes the trailer an experimental film all its own?

Of course, there's nothing like a Björk soundtrack to amp up the artistic pretension, eh?


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