Hadley+Maxwell

Freudemocracy 6

2009
One of more than 20 elements in Hadley+Maxwell's evolving installation 1+1-1, "FREUDEMOCRACY 6" deconstructs Jean-Luc Godard's film "One Plus One" (1968). The original movie combines documentary footage of the Rolling Stones recording "Sympathy for the Devil" with staged monologue sequences in which actors address such political subjects as black power, pornography, racism, Marxism, Women's Liberation and the 1968 student revolts in France. Each scene features an act of translation, transcription, dictation, or repetition as Godard's characters read, type, record and recite texts such as Eldridge Cleaver's "Soul on Ice", LeRoi Jones' "Blues People" or Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf". Here Hadley+Maxwell ask the viewer to follow the volatile words in a sing-song style. In this darkly humorous gesture, the video divorces the script from its original context, halting its violence in a shocking yet ambivalent space of mediation.
Title
Freudemocracy 6
Date
2009
Medium
Time-Based Media
Materials
digital video disk (DVD), 54:16 minutes, glass, and black men's t-shirt
Dimensions
installation dimensions variable
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2009
Accession number
42368.16