Posted by: Stenros | January 23, 2010

Art Disaster Film

Apparently Banksy has made a film that is set to premiere in Sundance. It has a brilliant title, of course: Exit Through the Gift Shop. This is what Art of the State has written about it:

The BBC reported “It is described as the story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on him”.

Banksy said: “It’s the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed”. He later elaborated to the Guardian “It’s a film about a man who tried to make a film about me. Everything in it is true, especially the bits where we all lie.”

John Cooper, director of the Sundance festival, described Exit Through the Gift Shop as “one of those films that comes along once in a great while, a warped hybrid of reality and self-induced fiction, while at the same time a totally entertaining experience. The story is so bizarre I began to question if it could even be real … but in the end I didn’t care.

Truth, fiction, whatever. This is pretty much exactly the ludic society we wrote about in the media culture chapter.

Here’s the trailer. It reminds me of a Annette Messager quote I just ran into (from the 2006 Word for Word): “Mostly, I believe an artist doesn’t create something, but is there to sort through, to show to point out what already exists, to put it into form and sometimes formulate it.”


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