LACMA: Artists Respond
“Orators, Rostrums, and Propaganda Stands,” by John Craig Freeman and “Funnel Vision” by Will Pappenheimer
Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Artists Respond program.
In response to the Russian Avant-Garde exhibition.
“Orators, Rostrums, and Propaganda Stands,” by John Craig Freeman is based of the work of Gustav Gustavovich Klucis, including his designs for Screen-radio Orators, Rostrums, and Propaganda Stands from 1922.
Klucis was a pioneering member of the Russian Constructivist avant-garde in the early 20th century. As Russian politics degenerated under the Stalin dictatorship in the 1920s and 30s, Klucis came under increasing pressure to devote his artwork to state propaganda. Despite his loyal service to the Communist Party, Klutsis was arrested in Moscow on January 17, 1938. His whereabouts remained a mystery until 1989, when it was discovered that he had been executed by Stalin just after his arrest.
Each of the virtual Orators, Rostrums, and Propaganda Stands display a black and white animation from a contemporary mass uprising; Tank Man near Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989; the assassination of Neda Agha-Soltan, who was gunned down in the streets of Tehran during the 2009 Iranian election protests; scenes from Tahrir Square in Cairo during the 2011 Arab Spring; and the 2011 Occupy Wall Street uprising. Each of these images are juxtaposed, in montage, with frames from the Odessa Steps scene of Sergei Eisenstein‘s historic Battleship Potemkin film. When touched, the virtual objects play sound from the uprising. The stands call up both the resurgence and nostalgia of current worldwide political idealism as they re-imagine the museum plaza in the function of the public square.
- To view the work on any late model iPhone or Android, enter http://m.layar.com/open/lacma in your web browser or download any free code reader app (http://redlaser.com) now, press the scan button and aim at this code
- If you don’t have the free Layar Augmented Reality Browser installed, you will be prompted to do so (http://layar.com)
- Once Layar is installed, the project will launch