[spectre] New podcast: Swiss artist Christoph Draeger talks about disastertainment
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*New #podcast: Swiss artist Christoph Draeger *talks about
disastertainment, surveillance, copies and originals, critical distance,
reenactments, layers of meanings, and provocation.
In his work, Swiss artist Christoph Draeger uses video, installation,
photography, and constant nods to the language of Hollywood and the mass
media, which he dissects with a critical gaze and a spirit of reflection.
Draeger describes his work as an analysis of the way we respond to and
interact with the media. To this end, his main vehicle is disaster: natural
catastrophes, wars, and other tragedies as paradigmatic examples of
contemporary media hype. The tools of media coverage, its implications, the
ephemeral nature of disasters which are exploited and quickly replaced by a
new event, always more shocking than the last. “We are consuming disasters.
Disasters are by far what gets the most attention in the media. People are
almost hooked on live disasters,” he says in the interview.
His pieces use archival footage and material that he produces himself,
often reenacting events, reproducing fragments of films, or manipulating
existing documents in order to emphasise, exaggerate, and point out key
aspects in the complex web that makes up our notion of the world, which, in
the digital era, is inextricable from information networks. As Draeger
says, “reality, reenactment, live footage, tv, and a certain degree of
fiction, are all intertwined”.
SON[I]A talks to Christoph Draeger about surveillance, copies and
originals, critical distance, reenactments, layers of meanings, and
*Christoph Draeger: <<People are almost hooked on live disasters, or
disasters reported on tv and other media as well. This is something that is
very important in our society, but it is also something that is very
short-lived. One disaster is basically always replaced by the next one. And
we tend to forget what this really means.>>*
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