The First is the Second

By: Matthew Battles
July 5, 2010

The artist Oliver Laric’s short film Vvversions 2010 is a brilliant take on the creative ecology of copies. The film’s unsettling juxtaposition of scenes from animated classic that reuse action with different characters in different contexts is for me a staggering reboot of familiar imagery. “It is a frequent habit,” Laric’s placid narrator intones, “when I discover several resemblances between two things, to attribute to both equally, even on points in which they are in reality different, that which I have recognized to be true of only one of them”— a striking comment on the poetics, and the ethics, of the copy, from beloved animated films to Roman remakes of Greek statuary.


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  1. and perhaps it’s also a brilliant take on the ecology of quotes, too. Laric’s narrator intones a translation of a bit of Descartes’s Regulae, possibly via Foucault’s Order of Things. and lots of other nice quotes from others (Borges, Sontag, Pamuk, et al.)

  2. How I wish I could see this film. Alas, it seems as though it will take the rest of the weekend to load.

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