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Jonathan Monaghan

Escape Pod

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Artist
Jonathan Monaghan
Title
Escape Pod
Year
2015
Duration
20 min
Format & Technical

Single channel, HD video, Colour, Sound, Animated Film

LOOP Edition
Ed. 2015
Presented in LOOP by
Bitforms

Escape Pod is based on hunting mythologies of the Greek and Nordic traditions. It captures the journey of a golden stag that roams modernist spaces of authoritarian confrontation and material excess. Lavish bedrooms, airport checkpoints, and a luxury riot gear boutique are encountered, as the scenery unfolds from the perspective of a floating viewpoint that is framed as a continuous shot. In a climactic moment, the golden fawn is birthed out of a BoConcept sofa, only to be carried away, into a heavenly Duty Free shop in the clouds. Seamlessly looped in a twenty-minute cycle, Escape Pod suggests an apocalyptic decadent future – one that is militarized, totalitarian and permeated by extravagance. It is a representation of laboured pursuits, particularly of the otherworldly or unobtainable.

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