Occupational hazards - Page 2

Geof Oppenheimer's politically charged new show at Ratio 3 juxtaposes polyphony with cacophany

|
(5)
Detail of still from "Anthems" (2011), video work by Geof Oppenheimer
COURTESY OF RATIO 3 GALLERY

These stranded phrases are, in fact, excerpts from interviews with political figures such as Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Fidel Castro and Robert McNamara, in which they discuss moments when their ideologies resulted in policy failure, something which Oppenheimer's photographs formally restage by transforming these confessional moments into incomplete sound bytes.

The opposite tack is used to achieve similarly disorienting results in Anthems, a four minute high definition video, which superimposes footage of a military marching band playing four different national anthems while in formation. The resulting wall of sound renders the pieces indistinguishable from each other, while, visually, the rapidly overlaid footage scrambles the patterned order of military spectacle.

Politically, a lot can happen when polyphony gives way to cacophony (or in the case of Social Failure and Black Signs when signal becomes noise). But the result can also just be chaos. As an ongoing experiment in the messy business of building a participatory democracy with its share of successful and failed words and deeds, the Occupy movement is a living, ever-expanding testament to this. And despite being presented under a title full of Freudian dramatics, so are the pieces in Inside Us.

GEOF OPPENHEIMER: INSIDE US ALL THERE IS A PART THAT WOULD LIKE TO BURN DOWN OUR OWN HOUSE

Through December 10

Ratio 3

1447 Stevenson, SF.

(415) 821-3371

www.ratio3.org

 

Comments

that only the dopes in Oakland are striking. But the effect of a strike by unemployed people is likely nil.

Posted by Chromefields on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 9:56 am

For instance, city workers don't show up all the time. In fact they are furloughed several days a month anyway. Does anyone notice.

Oh, and then the students are on strike. LOL. If they want to not graduate, then fine, it only hurts themselves.

Meanwhile, there's not much private business left in Oakland and most of those are working anyway.

Strike? Oakland? Wow, two jokes in the same sentence. Who cares, really? They can close down the whole city permanently if they want - they're heading for bankruptcy either way.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 10:09 am

care a lot.

Posted by marke on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

Occupy Oakland: Thousands gather for general strike‎
Los Angeles Times - 1 hour ago
Thousands of peaceful protesters gathered in downtown Oakland Wednesday morning to kick off a planned "general strike" to draw attention to the Occupy ...
Local: Thousands of demonstrators gather in Downtown Oakland for general ...‎ Daily Californian
In-Depth: Thousands March In Oakland, Gearing Up For Strike‎ NPR
Oakland port prepares for thousands of 'Occupy" general strike ...‎ News10.net
The Guardian - San Francisco Chronicle
all 2669 news articles »

Jokes on you, conservatives!

Posted by matlock on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

A few thousand losers looking for a day of their crappy jobs doesn't amount ot a hill of beans.

They'll all be back at work tomorrow.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

Related articles

  • Bands on the run

    20 Bay Area musical acts + 20 local filmmaking teams = 48 hours of fun, sweat, and music video magic

  • DO go in the basement! Lost Weekend's new Cinecave opens this week

  • Demand and ye shall receive: Wolfe enters the realm of VOD

  • Also from this author

  • This old house

    "3020 Laguna Street in Exitum" transforms a doomed Cow Hollow domicile into nine site-specific artworks

  • No country

    "Bros Before Hos" tackles the rough business of being a man

  • No country

    "Bros Before Hos" tackles the rough business of being a man