Frank Ammerlaan

Frank Ammerlaan-Faith by Proxy

Online tentoonstelling
29 maart 2015

Video 1:John Maus interview, The Hysterical body
Video 2:Believer, John Maus, February 23, 1980, American musician and composer.
Video 3:JG Ballard, Face to Face, BBC, 89
Video 4:George Bernard Shaw, Capital Punishment
Video 5:Rabih Mroué, Shooting Images (Introduction of Rabih Mroué, video starts at 1:35 min)
Video 6:Koudlam, Brother, 2010 Directed,shot & edited by Frederik Jacobi
Video 7:Mondo Cane 2, 1963 (A Dog’s World) 
Video 8:Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance (trailer) Dir: Godfrey Reggio, music Philip Glass
Video 9: Faith by Proxy, HD-video, 14:55 min, 2014

On the occasion of Faith by Proxy: Ammerlaan’s solo exhibition currently shown at Upstream Gallery in Amsterdam. Ballard writes that he feels the balance between fiction and reality has changed, their roles are reversed. He states: “We live inside an enormous novel and it’s less necessary to invent the fiction content, the fiction is already there. The task is to invent the reality, a small node of that left to us is inside our own heads”. 
I met John Maus at a residency in Sardinia writing his PHD paper. He is very politically engaged though making a form of pop music in order to speak “a living language”, he states he wants people to stop saying nothing. Appearing as something else than the world as it stands he uses a form that he calls The Hysterical body. He applies this form solely at his live performances, the studio albums are presenting an oppositional harmonic pleasantness. Koudlam’s video Brother by Frederik Jacobi shows the world of bodybuilding in a scenery of Afghan ruins in the east part of the country. It is presenting conflicting aesthetics creating a surreal context. Koudlam appropriated for another song called Alcoholic’s Hymm an excerpt from the Documentary Mondo Cane. The first of the two documentaries premiered in 1962, before what Ballard called the time of the media landscape dominated by television, mass-merchandizing and advertisting. The film, with its unconventinal incoherent structure, became a platform for a large western public mostly for the first time engaging with different cultures and it’s extreme and deliberately provoking content. Another experimental documentary series is the Qatsi trilogy of Godfrey Reggio with the musical score of Philip Glass. The first film is called Life Out of Balance and questions human contact and exchange with its surrounding. The director Godfrey Reggio explaines why no spoken word appears in the films: “It’s because our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world in which we live.” It seems that the expension of technological and global communication possibilties is inseparable with the incompetence of understandance between cultures. My new 2-channel video Faith by Proxy combines footage shot in countries as Italy, Russia and Brazil, next to found archival- and propaganda material from these countries. I juxtapose images of deviant social and religious convictions and encounters.

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