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ANTONI MUNTADAS, "EL APPLAUSO" - [ Traduire cette page en français ]


A project motivated, like so many others, by an acute perception of the context for which it was conceived, in this case a Muntadas exhibition in the capital of Colombia (intersecciones, Casa de la Moneda- Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Santa Fé de Bogota 1999).

It primarily concerns the violence and social inequalities which exist in Colombia, but which are perceived only inderectly in the relative calm and normality of life in the capital. This normality is punctured by media reports of a tragedy that has become part of the indifferent routine of daily life.

Muntadas uses video projections on three screens which powerfully fill the space to refer in a broader sense to various violent situations around the world.

With the leitmotif of applause as a gregarious act, the central screen displays at regular intervals an exhibition of atrocities in the form of black and white inserts taken from press images, which are accompanied by a brief pause in the monotonous sound : the morbid translation, that takes place on a daily basis, of obscene reality into a media show.

The public, the audience, is represented as a depersonalised mass, an unwitting accomplice caught up in the show, through the emphasis on the gesture and the noise of applause as a repetitive, cacophonous motif.

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