That Monster: An Allegory

2018


Silvia Kolbowski

"That Monster: An Allegory" is a a video about the human subjects formed by neoliberal capitalism, and the psychical dimensions underlying the breakdown of democracy in the U.S. and worldwide. The video addresses, through allegorical means, the projections and identifications at play in today's mass politics, challenging spectators to think about their own projections and identifications in regards to political "others." 


That Monster: An Allegory features remixed images and sequences from the classic horror film "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935; James Whale). Its script is drawn from the movie, Mary Shelly's novel, Frankenstein, and original writing. This film plays once with sound and once in silence.

A conversation about That Monster can be found here:

https://silviakolbowskiblog.com/2019/06/20/that-monster-a-conversation-about-politics-and-the-psyche/


Edition of 3.
Film projection (looped for installation only);18 minutes (9 minutes with music; 9 minutes silent); black and white. 

Editor: Silvia Kolbowski
Music: Excerpts from Metamorphosis 1 and Metamorphosis 2 by Philip Glass. 
    © 1988 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.
Pianist: Dustin O'Halloran

Excerpt from project:


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