TASTE & POWER

Children of the World, Unite!

Posted in Art, Film by TASTE & POWER on January 6, 2010

FAMILY IS AN ECONOMIC UNIT, LOVE IS STICKY, WE FEEL AT HOME JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE. PRIVATE PROPERTY IS CUTE, BUT THE LAW THAT PROTECTS IT WAS ERECTED TO PROTECT THE FIRST ACT OF STEALING. OBJECTS TALK, BUT THE LAW, LIKE A THIEF, IS SILENT. OBJECTS TALK, BUT THEY DONT SAY ALL THEY KNOW, THEY KEEP THEIR SECRETS FOR THEMSELVES.

Guy Ben-Ner’s narrative video Stealing Beauty (2007) was shot in secret at 3 different IKEA’s in 3 different countries, as Ben-Ner and his actors(his family) were forced to change locations every time they were caught taping.  The story depicts a family’s trials after their youngest is caught stealing at school.  It explores themes of globalism, public spaces, private property, consumerism, family, love and theft.  You can watch the video in it’s entirety on UbuWeb.

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD, UNITE!  RELEASE THE FUTURE FROM THE SHACKLES OF THE PAST!  MY PEERS, IT IS OUR TIME TO STEAL!  NOT IN ORDER TO GAIN PROPERTY, BUT IN ORDER TO LOSE RESPECT FOR IT.  PROPERTY IS LIKE A GHOST: YOU CAN NOT POSSESS IT WITHOUT BEING POSSESSED BY IT.  STEAL, AND LET OTHERS STEAL.  LET PROPERTY MOVE FREELY FROM PLACE TO PLACE SO IT WILL NOT HAUNT YOUR HOME.  STEAL FROM THE LOCAL SUPERMARKET, STEAL FROM THE CITY!  STEAL FROM THE STATE. STEAL FROM YOUR PARENTS!  AND ABOVE ALL, DON’T ACCEPT INHERITANCE: STEAL IT!  ROB YOUR PARENTS, AND RID YOURSELF OF PROMISES YOU WILL HAVE TO KEEP!  CHILDREN OF THE WORLD, UNITE!

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