Parsons School of Design. Photography Department.
(sponsoring body)Sean Simpson
Despite being immersed in readily accessible information, it is difficult for our faculties to balance relationships between events today. This confusion can be seen as a re-iteration of themes Jacques Tati confronted in the mid-20th century. Ushered in with the modernization of cities, complete dependence on mass-production cemented our dislocation from nature. Social vertigo set in. Tati produced films centered on the sterility of modern culture where empty consumption had usurped prior life. Tati built an iconic character to confront his understanding of his shifting culture. Monsieur Hulot, of Playtime, blunders around an ultra-sleek Paris foreign to the one he has previously inhabited. Jacques Tati acted out this nausea through the character of Hulot. Hulot anticipated his and others path to obsolescence in our light-speed digital world, incapable of adapting to the rapidly changing systems of the Gutenberg Galaxy. As Hulot evokes nostalgia for the past, we are confronted with our inability to keep up with progress. Dissimilarly, I use the past as a marker of our adaptation to this progress.
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