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Marco Brambilla: Civilization

Posted By Josh Dillon
06.29.2009

The following are slides from an elevator installation piece from The Standard Hotel, NYC.

The artist, Marco Brambilla, combined video clips and snippets from a wide variety of movies to make one large scrolling work, which is projected onto a series of glass dividers in the hotel and elevator. The video, entitled “Civilization,” scrolls vertically while individual elements play throughout.

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Watching closely, the viewer can pick out individual elements from movies such as “Ghostbusters,” “300,” “Southland Tales,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Gattica,” “The Big Lebowski,” and a hundred other films.

As a film buff I watched the video four of five times and made mental notes trying to name as many of the slices as I could. I think I was about 80%, but there are still a few pieces that I couldn’t quite place. Check it out and see how your cinema knowledge stacks up.

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