Sluik / Kurpershoek, 1985, 21'40''

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'March ENKOR' could be regarded as an early example of sampling: existing music and images - for the greater part originating from the mass media - are being reused to generate a new meaning. This results in a suggestive mix of war images, images connected with the entertainment industry, and recordings of everyday life, reminiscent of home videos. The images are enhanced by the use of music that has an alienating effect (a mechanism that is literally used in the waging of wars, as was impressively demonstrated in films such as 'Apocalypse Now'). 'March ENKOR' thematically refers to questions about 'the making of this world', as it is stated at a certain moment in the video. Remarkable is in particular the yawning gap between entertainment and war, everyday lie and falling bombs. At the same time a fascinating similarity between war and spectacle becomes visible; here the formalization of violence obeys the laws of the ever recurring formulas of entertainment - and the other way around. War has always been a spectacle, and to a certain extent 'spectacle' is always war. Sampling is used here to transpose the feeling of the general fragmentation and mediatization of reality to the level of video art - the video repeats and intensifies what is going on at other cultural levels.

'ENKOR' refers to 'encore', or by extension, to 'moreover', 'more', and 'still'.

  • Date: 1985
  • Length: 21'40''
  • Type: Video
  • Participants: Reinier Kurpershoek, Ron Sluik
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Keywords: collage, sampling, found-footage, reality, mass media, everyday life, politics, war, violence