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20 JUNE 2015

Albert Camus' Myth of Sisyphus explained

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absurd condition of humanityabsurdity • Albert Camus • boulder • condemned for eternityconscious awarenesscornexistential themesfatehumans define their own meaningmeaninglessness of lifemetaphysics • Myth of Sisyphus • no explanation at the core of existence • no meaning • no purpose at the core of existence • oedipus • pointlessness • ridiculous character • the absurdtortured soulunderworldwhiteboard

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Simon Perkins
20 JULY 2013

The key image of the present day is the man in the motor car

"In all of these experiments, aborted works, happenings, events, the motif of the car crash is crucial. Ballard sought to understand the role that automobile styling, and mass consumerism, plays in our lives. His sights were set on what he saw as the built–in death drive that technology embodies, the effacing of identity, the shutting off of our neurological systems. Our willingness to submit to the amniotic bliss of the technological womb. Of course, today we know where all this would eventually beach: his 1973 masterpiece, Crash. But in 1971 Ballard was still pushing the farthest limits of his obsession, refining riffs and routines, expanding the parameters of the car crash as far as popular culture would allow. Crucially this was far beyond the stuffy confines of 'literature', which Ballard has never had much time for, and into visual art and film: the realm of the popular imaginary."

(Simon Sellars, 10 August 2007, Ballardian)

Fig.1 dir. Harley Cokeliss, "Towards Crash!", 1971. 16 mm Eastmancolor transferred to video, sound, 17:34 min. Courtesy the artist. © BBC TV 1971.

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16mm197120th centuryabsurd condition of humanityBBC TVBBC2bodily formbodybody experiencecarcar crash • car wash • collisionconsumerismcrashcrash test • crash test dummy • death • Eastmancolor • experimental filmGabrielle Drake • Harley Cokeliss • Harley Cokliss • human interpretation • J G Ballard • James Mossman • Kodak Eastmanmachine aestheticmeaninglessness of life • motorcar • motoristprotection • romancing technology • romanticismsex and machines • styling • suffering and inevitable deathtechnological shaping of sociality • technological system • technoromanticism • The Atrocity Exhibition (1970) • Towards Crash (1971) • traumavisual codes

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Simon Perkins
07 JULY 2009

Kiwi! (a flightless bird's dream of flight)

"Kiwi! is an animation about a Kiwi – a type of bird that cannot fly, who spends its whole life working towards achieving his dream. The kiwi strived to create the illusion that it was flying over a forest as it soared down through the sky from the top of a cliff. Thus, the kiwi spent what must have been its whole life nailing trees to the side of a cliff. All this, to fulfil its one dream of flying, even though it was technically unable to."

(Jordan Bustin, 15 November 2006, ISFAT)

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20063D animationabsurd condition of humanityAfter Effectsallegoryanimated short filmbird • birds of New Zealand • Dony Permedi • existential themesfallingfantasy about death • flightless bird • flyingforesthumans define their own meaning • ISFAT • Kiwi • Kiwi (animated short film) • living the dream • Mayameaninglessness of lifeMFA • MFA Computer Art • nail • national symbol • New York City • New Zealand birds • School of Visual Arts • short filmsymbolic meaning • The Setup Machine • Tim Cassell • trees

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Simon Perkins
18 APRIL 2005

Jean-Paul Sartre's: No Exit

"No Exit is an existentialist play by Jean–Paul Sartre. The play begins with a bellhop leading a man named Garcin into a hotel room (the play portrays Hell as a gigantic hotel, and realisation of where the action is taking place dawns on the audience in the opening minutes). The room has no windows and only one door. Eventually Garcin is joined by a woman (Inez), and then another (Estelle). After their entry, the bellhop bolts the door shut. All expect to be tortured, but no torturer arrives. Instead, they realise, they are there to torture each other, which they do effectively, by probing each other's sins, desires, and unpleasant memories. The three often see events concerning them that are happening on earth, but they can only observe and listen."

(http://no–exit.biography.ms)

Jean–Paul Sartre (1989) "No Exit" and Three Other Plays, Vintage Books. 0679725164

Fig.1 Olivia Bucks/The Oregonian, Actors (from left) Maureen Porter as Estelle, JoAnn Johnson as Inez, and Tim True as Garcin rehearse Jean–Paul Sartre's "No Exit" on a raked stage at Imago Theatre.[http://www.oregonlive.com/performance/index.ssf/2009/10/imagos_no_exit_tilts_toward_su.html]

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01 NOVEMBER 2003

Out Of Place: Concrete Island

"One day in April, 1973, 35–year–old architect Robert Maitland races home from a conference and a few nights with his mistress, but his Jaguar crashes through a highway barrier and into a large island between freeways. The vehicle is not drivable, and Maitland is unable to escape the island during the several days no one is apt to miss him. He tries to flag down traffic, scrambles for food and shelter, even tries to burn his Jaguar to create a signal flare. [...]the plot turns into a cross between Robinson Crusoe and Sartre's No Exit."
(David Loftus)

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