MAO MAO 2005 - color - 4:3 - stereo sound - 2 min Shooting format : found-footage 35mm and DV A film by Frédéric D. Oberland Music by Brahman / Arshgeil (Pentothal®, Vomir, Stromvarx & Frédéric D. Oberland)
A cry of solitary anger emerges from the maelstrom. Detournement and flicker are used here to transcend the futile nostalgia of political symbols tainted by the society of the spectacle and its inevitable issue: boredom. Let the dead burry the dead and pity them ; for it is our destiny to be the first to enter into the new world.
"The rage expressed in Frédéric D. Oberland's film, Mao Mao (2005) seems more direct and radical in regard to the cinematographic treatment of duration, light, color, and sound. The artist use archival political symbols that have become fairly banal and even monotonous these days. From here, it is the artist himself who rebels. With the same object, the political symbols, he goes beyond an ordinary perspective and stimulate another punk-live vision. In his film, the images are independent and separate from their representation through alienation and fluttering. We feel this tension. The soundtrack enhances his idea of going beyond the mundane. When we no longer hear the soundtrack, we fell it, and the film somehow makes present the release of anger." Jihye Kim //