Let’s, for a moment, argue that art and politics (as we currently practise their convergent theories, and – with a secondary disclaimer – specifically in western visual art terminologies) has its roots in Italy. We’ll point out how the artists’ manifesto was the first real example of the merging of art and politics in the form of the art object, and that it was The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism (published in Bologna in 1909)… [read more »]
In their techno-apocalyptic new video, Nguzunguzu foreshadow the ominous fate of our world with destructively danceable fervor. Recontextualizing a filmic landscape in which the last surviving element of entertainment is destruction itself, “Mecha” is as timely as it is prophetic. Directed by Jude MC, the work repurposes myriad images of contemporary sci-fi and action films and synchronizes them with spine-chilling accents of alien percussion. The enduring, doomsday-like aura of the video evokes a social commentary that speaks to the heart of our culture: in the wake of technological advancement, we destroy. And out of the debris, we repurpose.