Subject : cyber.tender.loving irony
FROM: ibro fooman hasanovic, Sarajevo
DATE: 29 jun 2005
Link : http://www.56k-bastard.tv/struktur3/info/magazine/acid_e.html
Jimpunk, Paris: AcidMissile
by ibro fooman hasanovic, Sarajevo
AcidMissile by the French artist jimpunk stands out from the
other works shown by the project 56kTV. What compelled me to write
about this piece is its clean approach and the way the
artist compiles the elements of his visual language.
The artist describes his work as "a motion painting including
java scripts, pop ups etc. ...as an Internet movie".
The use of sound, rhythm, movement and colours etc. leads us to the
conclusion that there is a strong semiotic side to this work, which
though non-representational is still important for interpretation.
Symbolic elements used in the work are commercial banners, Google
searches, spam, ASCII graphics, chat dialogues, error sounds, electronic
music and so on. This assemblage has a very strong visual impact,
while the scenario of "action" and its dramatisation make
the work dynamic.
It seems to me, that the artist has succeeded in creating a perfect
balance between semiotic and symbolic elements, which Julia Kristeva
considers as the basis of representation.
Regarding the message (meaning) of this work, the artist perhaps dedicated
quite some time to establish a visual effect, which I think is not
a minus point at all.
Consumer Society is a society which consumes signs and becomes saturated
with the aestheticized images of "Advertising" (in this
case with the symbolic elements used in the work).
"This society is no longer based on production, but on representation
and seduction" said Jean Baudrillard after all.
The Aggression and even more so the irony present in this
work and in its concept can be read as an articulation of the horror
in capitalistic contemporary life.
"There is no document of civilization that is not at the same
time a document of barbarism" said Walter Benjamin.
There is something quite barbaric about jimpunks AcidMissile,
which we can connect with our daily experiences. The use of pop-ups
reminds us of jumbo posters, the typography and the titles remind
us of the neon light signs/commercials and the performative character
of this work reminds us of the worst nightmares happening to us sometimes
while surfing the net - especially if one has had the experience of
how annoying pop-ups can be (and if you are like me, you wish,
they had never been invented).
I do not know how effectively AcidMissile can light a little
bulb in our head exposing the daily dose we get of this nightmare,
a nightmare that implants itself spontaneously but very effectively
into our consciousness or even into our sub consciousness.
I feel that when you see AcidMissile for the first time it
is like driving through Las Vegas.
You are under a big impression of its greatness. You dont
really read the neon signs, LED commercials, screens and all its Postmodernist
paraphernalia; its much too fast. You just relax and enjoy the
cruise, but subconsciously the information seeps into your brain.
Unfortunately, after a couple of minutes, you are very confused, you
dont know where you are, where you want to go and where you
are going. It is dangerous, but then, again, its cool.
Maybe this is the best metaphor for AcidMissile, because I
think space on the internet feels just like that, when
you travel through and experience it. I always imagine the net as
big highways and roads of information.
jimpunk has created here a well balanced, clean and direct bomb,
that puts forward the question of another kind of terrorist threat
- not from those terrorists wanting to fulfil their political or religious
ideologies, but from terrorists hiding within the capitalistic system,
who want to reach their economic goals. These are the terrorists hiding
in ourselves, manifested through the information we release on the
internet about our own humble mortal lives.
And this kind of terrorist threat, our personal one, is perhaps the
most dangerous, because we can resist other forms of terrorism maybe,
but can we possibly resist our own personal terrorism?
If all creativity is a result of revolt, this work maybe is jimpunk's
revolt. But does it create the need for any kind of a revolt within
Another way to conclude this text about the meaning of jimpunk's work
could be as follows:
Its title - AcidMissile - is composed of
acid (: a slang for LSD; bitter sharp taste; critical
and unkind, sarcastic...) and of
missile: object or weapon that is thrown or fired at a
target, explosive weapon directed at a target automatically or by
means of an electronic device (guided missile).
By combining these two words you get the title for cool, sharp and
ibro fooman hasanovic, Sarajevo.
Born in 1981. Works in the field of video, photogrpahy, drawing and
film. His works are generaly comments on identity and history of art.
Curently studies at Fine Arts Academy in Sarajevo. Cooks food, drinks
votka and from time to time writes.
Recent works and participations: 18th Stuttgarter Filmwinter, January
13 16,2005; CYNETart_04areale :: 2003-0153 1n-0ut [meditation]; The
Infinite Fill Show, Foxy Production NYC; Festival Ciberart-Bilbao
2004; Simple Net Art Remix (); p0es1s. Digitale Poesie / Digital Poetry
Berlin; postartum, long beach, california; tirana biennale 2 new media,
(cv see: http://www.jimpunk.com/info/news00.html#festival)