You Carnt (2009)
16:9 HD video | colour | sound | duration 5' 00"
Where did devout party enthusiasm end and sardonic lampoonery begin? - Philip K. Dick*
Marinetti celebrated the birth of the car, mixing fascism and anarchism at the beginning of the 20th century in his Futurist Manifesto. By the end of the century, Carl Sagan had suggested if aliens were to look down on our planet, they would conclude that the dominant life form was the car and that humans merely the fuel—leaving one to wonder what will be driving the cars when the human species disappears. This absurd video features a parking inspector wearing a uniform made from recycled hessian and a mechanic as the car driver seeking space to park. The blue overalls of the mechanic appear from time to time under the car parking inspector's uniform—unsettling any 'suspension of disbelief' within the piece as a functional costume drama. Shot mostly in the Melbourne CBD within full view of an alternately perplexed, bemused and/or bored public.
First shown at Kings ARI, Melbourne 13.3.09 - 4.4.09
Exhibition Essay by Adam BROWNE
*Dick, P.K., 1967. Faith Of Our Fathers; Dangerous Visions (Anthology) Double Day, New York