CHLOE WOO

the art of a clementine peel

AN EXPERIMENTAL FILM

A mix of DADAist and structuralist response to Walter Benjamin's aura in art.

My film is inspired by the Dada movement and its questioning of what is art. In this essay, how the film communicates with Dada ideology and Walter Benjamin's idea of the aura in art will be presented.

For Dada artists, the aesthetic of their work was considered secondary to the ideas it conveyed. “For us, art is not an end in itself,” wrote Dada poet Hugo Ball, “but it is an opportunity for the true perception and criticism of the times we live in”. He shows that they value the experience of the art as more important, rather than the piece itself.

This contrast with Benjamin (1935)’s notion of the aura of art. He suggests that there are certain rituals in producing art, and through them, a distinct aura is attached to the art piece. Its presence in the exhibition in museum and authenticity in its uniqueness is what makes the art piece valuable.

However, Dada rejects the aura and ask for art to be freed from the gallery, breaking barriers to reunified art into life.

This conversation about the aura of art and the questioning of art inspires me to explore the idea. My film function as a record of performance, following the transformation of a clementine peel. 

This film is self-conscious in acknowledging the material nature of this medium and art.It consists of levels upon levels of interruption and destruction. This constant search in discovering more areas to ridicule and question is precisely the Dada ideology towards art. It asks the audiences to resist any forthright expectation and leave the question of ‘what is an art?' for them to think.

Chloe Woo  A final year student in Film, Media and Cultural Studies.
Chloe Woo  A final year student in Film, Media and Cultural Studies.

Chloe Woo

A final year student in Film, Media and Cultural Studies.

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