Everybody Loves a Winner
Featuring trepanation (drilling a hole into a skull), a dwarf in diapers, an actual ‘frog king,’ Clinton shaking Sharon’s hand, soldiers beating civilians, discredited scientific theories illustrated with maps, various polytheistic idols and trinkets, Heaven’s Gate cult members, and jokes about the ‘agnostic, dyslexic, insomniac. A narrative filled with bizarre anecdotes and filthy jokes, homespun proverbs and strange social analysis, Everybody Loves a Winner investigates the culture of media saturation, which confronts the contemporary attention span at every turn. Using photo imagery downloaded straight off the Internet and feeding it back to the viewer with a dispassionate narrator’s commentary, the piece uses a slide show format with virtually no moving images at all, blending a number of disparate worlds in an oddly compelling way – the off-color stand-up comedy routine, the corporate Powerpoint presentation, the family vacation slide show, the rambling political tirade, the dreaded school lecture. The narrator wallows in the grey area of copyright violation, re-contextualizing stolen images to reflect some of the many failures of modern consumer capitalism – greed, perversity, violence, ignorance, obscenity, and above all, indifference.
US/GB 2004, 8:30 min, video, engl