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La Societé des Amis de Judex

Mark Aerial Waller
2005

The Wayward Cannon

La Societé des Amis de Judex

A provocative reconsideration of Surrealism. It aligns Guillaume Apollinaire's poetry, 1960s Batman and Louis Feuillade's Judex with a smoke machine and audio interruptions by Douglas Park and the Istanbul-based artist collective HAZAVUZU.

Shown at REDUX, Tate Modern, London and FACT, Liverpool.

The Wayward Canon, founded by artist Mark Aerial Waller in 2001, is a shifting platform for the re-evaluation of cinema. Wayward Canon events include: Meine Kleine Fassbinderbar, a 15 hour monument to Fassbinder's , installed in a site specific bar with a mirror reflecting the screen, The Sun Set, an invitation for artists, poets and writers to respond to the disjointed temporality and epic theme of Aaron Spelling's Hollywood soap, Sunset Beach and La Societé des Amis de Judex, the recontextualisation of Apollinaire's pre-surrealist attentions to the early popular cinema of Louis Feuillade, where a smoke machine acts as a spatial and temporal agent.

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