Blood and Xerox
super 8mm film animation
ICA, London; City Art Gallery, York; Artspace, Ontario; YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto
Blood and Xerox attempts to reanimate the fossilised vision of Modernist architecture and advertising by putting their visual language in the mouths of horny transformers, rewriting the urban skyline into a sleazy non-narrative of pornographic lust. The black and white Super-8 film unleashes the violent yet playful potential of the sky-scraped cityscape. Situationist slogans and consumerist propaganda, both interchangeably evocative of revolution and its demise, echo the collapse of the bold architectural vision of the early twentieth century, while retaining its aesthetic allure.