Archive for the ‘Symmetry’ Category

Symmetry / Peter Greenaway : A Zed and Two Naughts (1985)

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Siamese twin brothers loose their wives simultaneously in car accident caused by a swan, Swan Crash Two Die. The film’s composition and content is obsessed with twinship and symmetry from the Siamese protagonists Oscar and Osgood Deuce, the twins that they father, the mirrored Angel fish to the two noughts and the symmetrical construction of the films set and shots.

Symmetry / Oliver Laric : Versions (2010)

14/07/10

Still from the second version of Oliver Laric’s video Versions which examines the use and re-use of iconographic images across history and culture. This particular scene shows the identical movement of two characters in Disney animations through highly similar landscapes.

Symmetry / Felix Gonzalez-Torres : Untitled (Perfect Lovers) (1991)

14/07/10

Two clocks perfectly synchronous, that like many of his works, are said to represent the perfect homogenous couple. This is seen as political statement for gay rights, but also acts as a representation of the symbiosis of any couple, hetro or homosexual.

Symmetry / Crysis vs Real Life

14/07/10

Comparison between the computer generated graphics of the game Crysis on the right and its ‘real life’ model on the left.

Symmetry / Cory Arcangel : Modified Dancing Stands (2009)

14/07/10

Two identical  ‘Dancing stands’ that have been modified to work at slightly different speeds, phasing in an out of symmetry but always following a symmetrical movement.

Symmetry / Oval Office : Bush meets Obama

14/07/10

Press photo of the former U.S. president George W Bush and current President Barack Obama. Visually symmetrical they also have an ostensible partisan and political symmetry.

Symmetry / Metropolis (1927) vs Life 2.0 (2010)

14/07/10

Ephemeral symmetry between the promotional image for the BFI’s screening of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and the promotional image for Spingarn-Koff’s documentary Life 2.0. both representations of society.

Symmetry / Jeff Wall : Picture for Women (1979)

14/07/10

Influenced by Edouard manet’s painting Le bar des Folies-Bergère (1881-1882) Wall updates the relationships between the gaze of the viewer, female subject, and male artist with the introduction of the camera, thus the symmetry between the subjects and the mirror is interrupted by our position that is neither the same as the subjects or the ‘behind’ the plane of the mirror.

Symmetry / Upside Down Chair vs. Dog on back (Frieze)

14/07/10

Image from a press release mocked on the frieze magazine editor’s blog for its insistence that the equivalence between the dog and chair is an interesting basis for an exhibition.

Symmetry / Jorge Macchi : La Ascension (2005)

14/07/10

Referencing Icarus, a trampoline matches the shape of a fresco on the ceiling of the Oratorio San Filippo Neri, Venice. the gymnastic trampoline performance mimicking the ritual of religion seeking to allow the devotee the ascension to heaven represented by the fresco.