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Monday, 8 October 2012

michael robinson - victory over the sun


Victory Over The Sun

In the 1960s Michael Robinson's father filmed the World's Fairs in Seattle (1962), New York (1964) and Montreal (1967), capturing the Technicolor hopes of that period. Forty years later, Michael Robinson visited the sites and captured the other side of the dream. The American artist's 2007 film, Victory Over The Sun, named after a 1913 Futurist opera, mixes still long-shots of the long-abandoned architecture with sci-fi visuals, orchestral music and sinisterly chanted text from Oscar Wilde's Salome, Ayn Rand's Anthem and the Masters Of The Universe film to make a singularly strange work about failed visions of the future and the dark corporate undertow of utopian ideals.

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