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Sam Taylor Wood, Still Life (video stills), 2001
In the arts, vanitas is a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with Northern European still life in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries though also common in other places and periods. The word is Latin, meaning "emptiness" and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of Vanity. Common vanitas symbols include skulls, which are a reminder of the certainty of death; rotten fruit, which symbolizes decay like ageing; bubbles, which symbolize the brevity of life and suddenness of death; smoke, watches, and hourglasses, which symbolize the brevity of life; and musical instruments, which symbolize brevity and the ephemeral nature of life. Sam Taylor Wood's work (Still Life, Video Stills, 2001) is another step in this direction: the image, beautiful as ever in Taylor-Wood's universe, decomposes itself. By the end, nothing is left but a grey amorphous mass.On closer inspection, one thing distinguishes this picture from its predecessors. The ball-point pen. A cheap, contemporary object that doesn't decay.
Massive Attack commissioned seven low-budget videos by both established names and those with little experience of directing. "We are always keen not to be in the videos, and not to compromise the idea by having to make an appearance," says Del Naja. "But on the whole it has been a case of carte blanche with the directors, to the extent where we said: 'We will give you the stems of the tracks and you can use whichever components you want, loop some parts, take the vocals out...' We have always been totally unprecious."
The film looks at human rights with a sonic, scientific slant; imagine sitting inside a perfectly silent space - a room so quiet you can actually hear your own nervous system functioning. Now, imagine the opposite - a dissonant, freezing cold concrete chamber with extremely loud music blaring for hours on end. These two extremes come together in Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin's new film for Massive Attack's "Saturday Comes Slow".
The film was shot in the anechoic chamber at Cambridge University (designed to create total silence) and featuring former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Ruhal Ahmed. The film is a reflection on Ahmed's experiences whilst in detention, particularly how he was interogated using high volume music, and about the physical effect of sound on the human body.
Shirin Neshat - Film Still from Debut Feature Film, Women Without Men, 2009
Shirin is known primarily for her photography and video work exploring the complex historical, psychological, and ever-evolving social and political positions of women in the Islamic world. Previous photographic work includes the depiction of Iranian women bearing arms and with Persian calligraphy written on their faces and bodies. After years working in fine art photography and video, Shirin had the chance to direct her first feature, an adaptation of a controversial Persian novella by Shahrnush Parsipur set during the 1953 CIA-backed coup that reinstalled the Shah of Iran. The story recounts the lives of five women set against this socio-political backdrop. Women without Men opens in the UK in May