Michel Platnic's self-integration into Well-Tempered and My Family Portrait

TWO NEW VIDEO WORKS

Art News from Switzerland. Published by ArtAndOnly - Platform for Art Collectors on Thursday 14 July 2016.

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Through a series of three different articles, we are pleased to bring you a closer look at the extraordinary work of Michel Platnic. You can read our previous posts and interviews here on our blog, but we find there is always something new and interesting to discuss with him.

To begin the series, we present two videos of his works; Well-Tempered and My Family Portrait shown currently at Galleria Continua.

Well-Tempered uses twelve identical flat-screens, framed and mounted on the wall to show twelve iconic historical scenes including May ‘68, Eichmann’s trial, September 11, Hiroshima, Woodstock, Miss Europe. Platnic appropriates these depersonalized images and reinterprets them as each video is assigned a color and a musical note corresponding in rhythm to Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. As the music propels the different scenes, we are compelled to shift our assumptions of history and culture having a casual and fluid motion towards progress. Instead, we are presented with the idea that this progress arose through divisions and categorization – thus shattering the very validity of such an approach.

“There is a very precise weight to each of the categories and how we came to that point in history. Is there a possibility to escape the system other than creating a new category?” said Platonic…

WATCH THE VIDEOS AND FIND THE WHOLE ARTICLE ON Le Journal: