This is a silent, non-repeating video installation investigating nostalgia and toxic masculinity in the 21st century.This is shown via a computer contained within a gold picture frame.
This video contains pornography and is not appropriate for some audiences.
Dimensions & Tech requirements:
- Weight: 5.6 kilos
- Size: 45x38x10 cm
- Mounting: Designed for hooks as for a picture frame
- Requires AC Power
The black power cable for the computer will be visible unless covered in some way.
Trump’s call to make America great again is a vague appeal to nostalgia – but for who and what? Is he pining for his own lost youth of sexual prowess? For the militarism of the cold war? Rather than allow him the syncretism of ur-fascism, this video installation attempts to pin him down. Out of copyright, orange-tinted 1970s pornography algorithmically remixed with nuclear bomb test footage shows a recycled fantasy – the appeal for a re-emergence a discarded era.
Non-repeating. Composed of Debbie Does Dallas and videos from the US Department of Energy.
Click here for example video from a single run-through the loop. This is an algorithmic work and the loops do not repeat exactly. This video contains sexual images. (No such images are not included on this page, but can be viewed via the links provided.)
Additional still images are at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/celesteh/albums/72157709658227671
Charles Céleste Hutchins was born in San Jose, California in 1976. Growing up in Silicon Valley, he started programming at a young age and has continued to do so, even after leaving dot coms to pursue music composition – obtaining an MA from Wesleyan University in 2005 and a PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2012. His recent work has focused on gendered labour and AI.
(Other biographical text available at: https://www.berkeleynoise.com/celesteh/podcast/presskit/bio/)
This installation was shown at ARTECH 2021 in Aveiro, Portugal
Trump, fascism, nuclear proliferation, environmentalism, toxic masculinity, militarism, nostalgia, FLOSS