Leah Franklin Gilliam

1999 | 00:06:23 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Crime or Violence, Film or Videomaking, History, Media Analysis, Politics, Race

Employing footage from an obscure 8mm film trailer for Battle for the Planet of the Apes to highlight the unstable relationship between the real, historical past and the distant, imaginary future, this project revolves around a central question: Is alien-ness indeed the metaphor for the 20th Century as power relationships have been embodied within our subconscious? Is there a relationship between these forgotten formats and the discontinued political ideologies that they depict?

Transferred from Super-8 and then processed using a combination of high-end digital and vintage analog processing techniques, Apeshit emphasizes the contradictory references found in both the original text and its adaptation. Serving up Battle for the Planet of the Apes as proof, Apeshit puts forth tolerance as an outmoded technology.

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OutFest (LA, CA.), 2001