Editor’s note: We’re very happy to bring to you our first guest article, a fine review of the music clip Bastard by Metal on Metal. Introducing to us the world of advertisement as art and art as social critique, Rafael investigates the hidden messages in this sensational video work. Eye-opening to some of us, reaffirming to others, this piece certainly touches the core of many seditious concerns rising over contemporary society.
Artists have traditionally been “hailed for anticipating the potential of new technologies” (Andrejevic, 2004, p. 127) and it might therefore pay off to turn towards the current breed of artists that concern themselves with the new media. Carlo Zanni (La Spezia, 1975) is one of them. In his art he explores the possibilities the Internet provide in conjunction with the use of ‘older’ media. Lately, he has taken a particular interest in exploring the field of ‘data cinema’: “a new way to approach filmmaking and narrative forms at large based on the use of live data feedback gathered from the Net, to create time based social consciousness experiences” (Zanni, 2009a, biography). Read about Zanni’s work ‘The Possible Ties’