Dimitrije Martinovic

2015, 03:02 minutes, colour, English


Part of a series titled "re/renderingthelandscape."

“re/renderingthelandscape” is a program of interrogating the legacy of painterly and cinematic genres present in the physical and cultural transitions embodied in the surface features of an area of land, and in the cultural acquisition and manipulation of information. To which the language of the digital post-production (multiple takes, cross-dissolve, warp-stabilizer, colour correction) is deployed as means of articulating our changing relationship “to the catalogue of forms, postures, and images” (Bourriaud) we now call the landscape.

Hometown celebrates the cliché, the kitsch, and the excessive sentimentalism that so often accompany the experience of our hometowns. These three elements are as ubiquitous to the vocabulary of landscape painting as they are to the vocabulary of video post-production. A retinue of techniques - the wipe, the split screen, the Venetian blind effect, and the broken glass effect - belongs entirely to the gimmickry deployed by used car commercials, info-mercial, and the community TV network programs. My purpose in using the ever-popular "ripple" effect was to highlight how the techniques within certain genres, the dots of pointillism, the split screen in TV news, may be used to produce knowledge, expand perception, and drive narrative.

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