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Peter Callas [Videonale.4]

* 1952 in Sydney AUS, lives and works in Sydney AUS
Studied at Universität Sydney AUS and at Sydney College of the Arts AUS

Exhibitions [selection]:


2006 Peter Callas – The Invisible Histories of the Present. Retrospective, Pixel Gallery, Millenáris Park,
        Budapest HUN [S]
2005 Red Eyes and Sticky Fingers. Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney New Wave. Queensland Art      
        Gallery, Brisbane AUS
        After Van Gogh. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Victoria AUS
2004 Modern Means: Continuity and Change in Art, 1880 to the Present. Highlights from the Museum of
        Modern Art, New York USA and Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills, Tokyo JPN
        Circle of Confusion (Trionfo della Morte). Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney AUS [S] 

        Squareize: Analogue to Digital Conversions. ARC one Gallery, Melbourne AUS [S]
2003 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award exhibition. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne AUS Standby: No
        Technical Difficulties. MoMA Film at The Gramercy Theatre, Museum of Modern Art, New York USA
        Squareize: Analogue to Digital Conversions. Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney AUS [S]

 

Peter Callas x

Neo Geo: An American Purchase, 1989, 9:17 min., color, sound [VIDEONALE.4]

[Image source: www.eai.org/title.htm]

Neo Geo: An American Purchase Produced during a year-long residency in New York, Neo Geo is a vivid portrayal of the contemporary American cultural landscape. Constructed as a fragmented and dislocated terrain embedded with emblematic imagery, Callas' dark vision of cultural memory is inscribed with symbols of violence, money, war, and jingoistic bravado. American stereotypes (Uncle Sam, cowboys, Smokey the Bear) collide with a progression of nightmare images (Oswald, the Ku Klux Klan, nuclear warheads), all vibrantly redrawn, layered and processed on a Fairlight CVI computer graphic system. This dynamic, hyperactive barrage of visual information assumes new meaning as an intricate language of cultural identity.

Quelle: www.eai.org/title.htm 

Under the title NEO GEO is a veiled reference to "new world" and what America did to it. Many American territories were originally called "purchases", as they had been bought from other colonial powers (France, Spain, Russia). The tape uses popular images from American culture, in which governments give out imperialist images to their own population.

Source: www.exquise.org/video.php

 

 

Peter Callas