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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

PHIL SOLOMON: EMPIRE x 8
April 29 – June 28, 2015
Curated by Paul Roth
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Ryerson Image Centre

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PHIL SOLOMON: EMPIRE x 8

Image caption: Phil Solomon, EMPIRE x 8, 2008-2015, still frame from video installation


This machinima video overlooks New York’s Empire State Building and represents a twenty-four hour period of shifting light, dramatic weather, falling debris and ominous planes. Unlike Andy Warhol’s Empire (1964), to which Solomon pays homage, the passage of time is accelerated and the skyline simulated, drawn from the virtual “Liberty City” of the open-world video game Grand Theft Auto IV. Positioning viewers at a vantage point high above the streets, Solomon asks us to reconsider an architectural icon—and an experimental film masterpiece—haunted by questions about appropriation, realism, and the tarnished state of the American Dream.

A public installation of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival



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Related events: 

May, 7, 6–8pm: 
Public reception
June 24, 2015, 6pm: Join acclaimed experimental filmmaker Phil Solomon for a talk on EMPIRE x 8, including his use of machinima—real-time computer graphics—to create cinematic video works

For a complete listing of events and lectures, please click here.

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