Australian artist Chris Howlett's new project is an ambitious machinima tetralogy titled Tutorialized I-IV. The first video piece, Tutorialized I: Guns & Ammo, has been released online in preview form. Howlett describe the project in these terms:
These video works examine the complicit nature of online pedagogy and 3D design that feeds into the problematic pervasiveness of the military-industrial complex. Throughout the web, thousands of design tutorials are uploaded every day, created to teach users how to design, simulate, modify, and convert every type of conceivable weapon, and all manner of militaristic devices and machines into a 3D digital file to be sold or exchanged across the web. [...] The purpose of the work is to establish a tenuous and paradoxical relationship between a geo-political reality that is a result of the real, in contrast to the online design tutorial which builds the virtual thing itself that causes the destruction in question. Both contribute to the same problem of violence, yet the virtual object also provides the possibilities for combatting such real effects with the same exact design tools through the power of dissensus. (Chris Howlett, 2017)
Below are some stills from this intriguing machinima:
Chris Howlett, Tutorialized I: Guns & Ammo, (rear-projection), single channel, HD video (16:9), stereo, PAL, n/a mins.
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