Trying some things out.
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“For Kabakov and his friends, it was not dissident struggle against state censorship that defined their lives so much as a perpetual labor to interpret officialness correctly, to determine which limits were flexible, which more stringent.” (Matthew Jesse Jackson, The Experimental Group, p.77)
Have been rethinking the Red Carnations project. Decided to clarify the whole thing and make it more simple – throwing a bunch of things out. The only sound will be the 24 hours tape, ocean and airport background sounds. Everything will be structured around the 24 hours. 24 videos, 13 minutes each (that is the length of the tape). Much of the imagery will be abstract. The idea is to present all 24 videos together, playing simultaneously, six by four rows so color and simple imagery is important. Here is the basic structure. The content, of course, is the 1974 revolution in Portugal. The problem is to learn more about it and compile a good bibliography. Here is a great youtube video of it and a quote about the revolutionary condition from Lyubov Popova.
The whole problem with this Red Carnations thing is how to structure 24 hours (the news report from April 25) along with countless diversions in a way that communicates without being an idiotic, confusing mess. The breadcrumb menu at the top might look something like this: Home > 00hour > grandola > grandola2 > 1a…
Just now restarting a project that has been on the back burner for six years. I think animated gifs and a simple grid structure might work to tell this completely vague and confused story*. The only real structure for previous versions of this project came from found cassette tapes of radio reports on the days following the 1974 Carnation Revolution in Portugal recorded by my uncle and mailed to my parents in America – and specifically a narrative in the middle of one of the tapes where the announcers give an hour by hour synopsis of April 24.
*Vague and confused because I wasn’t there. I only have the sound.