SCREENINGS:
THE OPERA AND THE FIREWORKS

NICK CROWE, IAN RAWLINSON

SALT BEYOĞLU

SEPTEMBER 25 – OCTOBER 2, 2012

Fireworks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Nick Crowe ve Ian Rawlinson, <i>The Fireworks</i>, 2007<br />
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Nick Crowe ve Ian Rawlinson, The Fireworks, 2007

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SALT Beyoğlu, Walk-in Cinema



The Opera
Nick Crowe, Ian Rawlinson
2011, 19’59”
English with Turkish subtitles

The Fireworks
Nick Crowe, Ian Rawlinson
2007, 6’23”
Without dialogue

The Opera (2011) investigates the mediation of power relations by language and translation, in the context of issuas around the aesthetics of language and image as an expression of ideological power. The Opera’s narrative arc is constructed from phrases appropriated from a military language course developed for US soldiers prior to their deployment in foreign territories.

The Fireworks (2007) presents the unrestrained chaos, noise and colour of a firework display taking place within the confines of a gallery. The work highlights the increasing function of the gallery as a site of spectacle and conflates this with a dysfunctional public display at odds with the conventions of civic celebration.
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