Posts Tagged 'history'

Superhero vs Evil Scientists- Operation Neuschwanstein

Johnny Amore

Thursday 29th April, 5.30pm-6pm

Presentation Room (UTS Bldg. 3, Lvl. 5, Rm. 510)

Screening: 20mins

This starting point of the collaboration between MRCVE and Johnny Amore was the approximately fifteen minutes long short movie “Superhero vs. Evil Scientists -On the Bright Cup on the Side”, which was shot in Pori 2007 and has been screened in various places around the world.

In a year 2008 visited MRCVE Munich in search for the lost magic. “Operation Neuschwanstein” was done together with Superhero and it consisted five live performances and a lecture in Munich, a short movie and three live performances in Finland. Later on the short movie has been screened all around Europe and in Amman.

In December 2008 visited performed MRCVE and Johnny Amore, again as a Superhero, in Pori and Hämeenlinna, Finland.Performances by The Messianic Research Centre for Visual Ethics & Johnny Amore


Jussi Matilainen
Janne Rahkila
Simo Saarikoski
Asko Nivala

Johnny Amore

Camera: Edward Beierle
Script: MRCVE & Johnny Amore
Edit: Jussi Matilainen


Hotelmariekapel [NL]
Operation Neuschwanstein, Screening, ProArtOrg, Belgrad [SERBIA]
Makan, Amman [JO]
Performancefestival Pori [FI]



Poetics of ruin

Emma Fraser

Friday 30th April, 10am-12pm

Presentation Room, Bon Marche (UTS Bldg. 3, Rm. 510)

Presentation: 20mins

Modern ruins, as tangible remnants of the recent past, offer the potential to transport us radically beyond the experience of the everyday to a unique space of transition between past and present, the affect of which is heightened by its proximity in time to the moment of immediate experience. As representations of the broader transience of history, they fracture the notion of progress, of finite beginnings and endings, of distinct readings of past events – they are spaces in which the conflict between a dead past and an accessible, readable history plays out.

To explore the notion of “experience” in disused, “dead”, or otherwise decaying spaces, this presentation will present a slide-show of “holiday” snaps from various locations, including the abandoned town of Pripyat in Chernobyl, the industrial ruins and asylums of Staten Is. in New York, and the monumental ruins of Detroit’s inner city. The majority (if not all) or the images will be the work of the presenter. Through a seemingly trivial mode of presentation, the slide-show will demonstrate the qualities of ruin-space—particularly the aesthetic and material contrasts with typical tourist destinations (both “whole” sites, and ancient ruins).

Given the informal nature of the presentation, the images chosen are not intended as works of art or professional photography; that is, some will include imperfections (blurry images, raindrops on lenses, dark or incomplete images etc), as they are not a representation of a particular place or time, or an artistic vision, but rather a record of actual experience in ruin-space.

Emma is currently undertaking a research masters at UTS titled “Interrupting Progress: Ruins, Rubble and Catastrophe in Walter Benjamin’s History”. She completed her undergraduate degree with honours at UTS in 2007, and spent 2 months overseas in 2009 exploring and photographing abandoned and decaying buildings, particularly in Pripyat (Ukraine) and Detroit (USA).

Emma has published articles on urban decay, “dead space” and ruins, and hopes to eventually compile enough original material for independent publication or exhibition.

A two day forum of creative research, experimentation and practice held from April 28-30 at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Serial Space Gallery, Chippendale.

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