Against the Realm of the Absolute

Jesse Jones

Description

Commissioned by Collective gallery Edinburgh, Against the Realm of the Absolute is set in a distant future in which a great plague has wiped out the male population of the world. Adapted in part from Joanna’s Russ’s iconic separatist feminist Sci-Fi novel from 1975, The Female Man, Against the Realm of the Absolute seeks to investigate the multiple narratives of Feminism and how it is inevitably tied to a critique of Capitalism itself. Filmed in the ash lagoons of Cockenzie power station and made in collaboration with a feminist megaphone choir formed by Jones in Edinburgh in 2011, Against The Realm of the Absolute attempts to attend to the multiple possible dytopic future crisis we might face and how, through this very act of fictional speculation, we may in turn open up critiques of our present reality. Against the Realm of the Absolute is the final chapter in Jesse Jones’ The Trilogy of Dust, a collection of three films – Mahogany (2009), The Predicament of Man (2010) and Against the Realm of the Absolute (2011) – made by the artist between 2009 and 2011. The Trilogy of Dust depicts a narrative arch that shifts from Brechtian alienation to the cognitive estrangement of science fiction. Each film is connected through a series of desert, dust and ash landscapes, from the desert of central Australia to a manufactured desert of post industrial detritus. Each of these stark landscapes forms an eerie stage to speculations on social and economic collapse and their repercussions for human existence.’ (Sourced from http://www.hughlane.ie/past/632-sleepwalkers-jesse-jones-the-trilogy-of-dust on March 14th 2016)

Details
Title

Against the Realm of the Absolute

Year

2011

Creator

Jesse Jones

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Short

Genre

Feminist, Landscape, Science Fiction, Absolute

Subject

Russ, Joanna, 1937-2011, Capitalism, Survival

Language

English (eng)

Duration

12 minutes

Original format

Physical: Film: 16mm

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Sound

Rights

Copyright holder: Jesse Jones

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Link to work

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