Theory Reference Statement
Vonnegut’s Fire Fight Fuzz Box
2010-2011, 7min 41sec, video installation, PAL video, television, DVD player, assorted plush toys, artillery shell carry cases, leather office chair and TV remote
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A media assemblage (or remix) of content from a media survey conducted during the period 2001-2011 from television, film, web video and video games. The backbone of the construction is an extract from a Kurt Vonnegut lecture on story structure entitled, “The Shape of Stories”. This is intercut with the cat and mouse game between George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden and the various fantasies and media concoctions that represent that period of history. This appears in the text after the discussion of simulated realities of the video games Homefront, Modern Warfare 3 and Command & Conquer Generals (see thesis, pages 181-182).
Competing screens and competing time slots keep the fuzz box busy. When computer screens are used to recruit instruments of war, 4 year olds in plastic tiaras pull off booty slaps and the world’s most wanted channel flicker is caught catching up with the BBC World Service you know that times are tough – and weird. So, as it has been 10 years since the befuddled distraction of Story Time with George it’s probably best to see if Uncle Kurt can guide as through the hills and furrows of this very 21st C coming of age story. Ladies & Gentlemen, Vonnegut’s Fire Fight Fuzz Box.