Last Riot

AES+F   |   2005-2007   |   4 min   |   Excerpt

First part of The Liminal Space Trilogy.

2005-2007

HD video installation (3- and 1-channel versions)

 

Last Riot depicts an imagined future digitally manipulated where snow-capped mountains sit next to desolate beaches, neon dragons rest atop oil platforms, planes collide without flames, and a band of attractive teens with completely ambiguous and detached facial expressions are engaged in ritualistic battle with one another and with themselves.

Conceived as a reflection of the 21st century, Last Riot raises questions regarding Western values, and reflects contemporary Western mythology without passing judgment.

First formed as AES Group in 1987 by Arzamasova, Evzovich, and Svyatsky, the collective became AES+F when Fridkes joined in 1995. AES+F work at the intersection of traditional media, photography, video and digital technologies. They define their practice as a kind of "social psychonalysis" through which they reveal and explore the values, vices and conflicts of contemporary global culture.

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