Animal New York talk to artist Rhett Jones about his latest project which combines New Wave and social media, ‘The Villains’ - a pseudo-remake of Jean-Luc Godard's “La Chinoise” (itself a pseudo-remake of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Possessed). In this case, the film takes the group of young revolutionaries idea but changes Mao with Marshall McLuhan, and when watched online, is collaged with other algorithmically-selected videos:
Brooklyn-based artist Rhett Jones talks about his feature film The Villains inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise, Marshall McLuhan and the proliferation of DIY new media. He also premieres the project’s next stage as a Search Engine Generated Artwork that supplements unique sequences of found footage through out the film, each time you watch it online.
"The Villains is theft. At least, that’s what many would say. It’s a film that pastes together a mass of culture and takes its cue from the ways we circulate media, without regard for attribution. I wanted to make a film with characters that were like the people I knew, and to address the political changes occurring due to the ongoing proliferation of DIY media and tech.”
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