Friday, June 18, 1999, City of London, 1999 Super 8 transferred to DVD, b/w, sound
, 8 min 12 s
Courtesy of Argos, Brussels
The liberating potential of dance to ‘take the streets’, which the situationists defended at some point in May 68 in a foretaste of the festive activism of movements like 15 M, are poetically reflected in Charley Case’s Friday, June 18, 1999, City of London, a black and white film shot in super 8 that documents –to the rhythm of a tango- a street party organised by the Reclaim the Streets collective, well-known for activities of this sort, which return to the subversive potential of carnival and techno raves in the practice of occupying and repoliticising public space.
Among the most interesting themes in the oeuvre of Prassinos are cypresses, trees, and Turkish landscapes. The cypress woods in Üsküdar he saw every time he stepped out on the terrace of their house in İstanbul or the trees in Petits Champs must have been strong images of childhood for Prassinos.
In 1998 Ben Jakober and Yannick Vu collaborated on an obvious remake of Marcel Duchamp’s Roue de Bicyclette, his first “readymade” object. Duchamp combined a bicycle wheel, a fork and a stool to create a machine which served no purpose, subverting accepted norms of art.
Nam June Paik was video art’s pioneer (1932 –2006). It is interesting that while Warhol and Nameth were experimenting with psychedelic happenings that combined rock, film and performance, the video art pioneers Nam June Paik, Stephen Beck, Eric Siegel and Steina Vasulka were researching in a similar direction.
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