Prime Time Paradise, 2004
loop, realtime 11 minutes
“We know that behind every image revealed there is another image more faithful to reality, and in the back of that image there is another, and yet another behind the last one, and so on, up to the true image of that absolute, mysterious reality that no one will ever see.” (Michelangelo Antonioni)
“We consume images at an ever faster rate and images consume reality”, wrote Susan Sontag in On Photography. While in that book she pled passionately for an “economy of images”, she would later admit that it could no longer be spoken of . “In our digital hall of mirrors, the pictures aren’t going to go away”, she wrote when the images of Abu Ghraib were published. “Yes, it seems that one picture is worth a thousand words. And there will be thousands more snapshots and videos. Unstoppable.” However, the potential force of images can be diminished by their overproduction and by the incessant search of dramatic impact, in a culture in which the shock effect appears as an stimulus for consumption. “How do you deal with the constant flow of information : do you turn yourself away or do you try to create a new, meaningful structure ?” Margit Lukács asks herself. In Prime Time Paradise Broersen and Lukács have frozen a number of images from the daily flow of images in a spatial collage, an infernal media landscape of conflict, death and depravation.The impact is postponed, the gaze renewed.
[Stoffel Debuysere/ Maria Palacios Cruz]
Every day, news reports
and other TV images pass by in an endless stream that numbs the viewer,
who, as if hypnotized, does nothing more than watch and watch: constantly
zapping to the next image or channel, in a steady flow; there is no more
standing still. Attention is fragmentary; identification and reflection
are impossible, there is always something happening, and old and new images
crop up time and again in different places: behind a mountain a town is
burning; a soldier is aiming his gun; a girl is screaming; a (destroyed)
beach lies next to the building where a UN top meeting is taking place.
Time Paradise is distributed by the Netherlands Instittue of Media Arts (NIMK).