Friday, December 9, 2016

Ghost in the Machine

It is unlikely that the Los Angeles Kings hockey club modelled its monument after Géricault's raft, though both works speak to the persistence of endurance as a global cultural trait (the Kings had more than a few losing seasons in the 1970s).

A more recent example of modelling might be found in the makers of the Dosseh-Putain video that has its cast dressed in outfits reminiscent of those found in Nadir Attia's Ghost (2007).

It is a shame that Attia has taken action against the maker of this video and the French rappers who commissioned it, as I doubt the video is going to change anyone's mind about the power -- and indeed the ambiguity -- of Attia's work.

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