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Wam-View Weekend

Video - 2015 - 07:42 min Wam-View Weekend overlays the famous traffic jam scene from Godard’s 1967 film Weekend, with an animated talking avatar that delivers a running synopsis of the unfolding scene. Attempting to locate a kernel of truth in Godard’s original the artist then translates this into our current circumstance, in a type of ventriloquism that hopes to speak this truth through a different mouth, to a different time. Drawing upon the cultural critique of capitalism and consumption, with its climax of cannibalism presented in Godard’s original film, the work becomes an absurd study of the way bodies function, defecate, consume and may be consumed as systems, within systems.      Jamie O’Connell’s idiosyncratic creations are meditations on nature, machines, and the body and human consciousness. His inventive works range in size and medium, from monumental kinetic and sound-producing sculptures to almost microscopic pieces created from actions and investigations. Driven by ideas, materials, and an interest in transformation, his past works include a VW Golf converted into a functioning spa bath; the attempt to launch a metorite back into outer space; and a smart phone App that chases House music around the globe streaming live sets from a constant 3am on earth. Jamie O’Connell (b. 1985) has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts, and is currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Arts at Monash University. In 2016 he received the Bear Brass prize and he was awarded the Sainsbury Sculpture Grant (NAVA). In 2014 he was granted a position in the 2014 India Global Atelier, funded by Asialink, and was the recipient of the Roger Kemp Memorial Award and the Stella Dilger Award.