Ammonite


We find ourselves in between the spaces of fiction and reality.
A deserted environment is where a handful of characters seem to be trapped in loops. In a futuristic episode, agents of Gilead Sciences Inc., a global pharmaceutic company, are presenting their newest breakthroughs in antiretroviral therapy and viral reproduction technology.
From ammonites to humans, images and viruses, power incorporates collective bodies, if it wants to keep its continuity. The company’s drugs are not what boost their increases but medical dependence, patents and speculations. Between two genres, Ammonite alternates its language between the absurd and the factual, video art specifics and marketing aesthetics, research and poetry elements. We hear jokes without laughter and dialogues without response. The course of time has split off, and life itself suddenly appears as a chronic condition.

1-channel video installation, 2018
15′, Full-HD, 16:9, stereo-sound, color
projector on tripod, Truvada® cushions (foam, cotton)

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References

Beaucamp, Aurelien; Pelletier, Vincent; Mellouk, Othoman: Community Lettre to Gilead. July-26-2017.
Behnke, Nils; Rotterrath, Michael; Sangster, Todd; Singh, Anish: New paths to value creation in pharma. Bain & Company, 2014.
Bersani, Leo: Is the Rectum a Grave?: and Other Essays. Chicago, Il: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Griffith, Nicola: Ammonite. New York: Del Rey Books, 1992.
Hal, Byung-Chul: Was ist Macht? Ditzingen: Reclam, 2015.
Mellouk, Othoman: Community Address during the closing ceremony of 9th International AIDS Conference on HIV Science in Paris IAS 2017. July-26-2017.
Preciado, Beatriz: Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era. New York: the Feminist Press, 2013.
Reinke, Steve: My Rectum is Not a Grave. http://www.myrectumisnotagrave.com/writing/pdreamers.htm
Virno, Paolo: Déjà Vu and the End of History. e-flux Journal. #62, Feb 2015. http://www.e-flux.com/journal/62/60958/dj-vu-and-the-end-of-history/
Sound, Video:
Gilead Sciences: A Commitment To Innovation. WebsEdgeHealth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS_-S7imylQ
Gilead Sciences: Help Stop the Virus. GileadHIV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLuLjNH1aHY
Gilead Sciences: On a Mission to Cure HIV. Gilead Sciences: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaJWtNiulOM
Gilead Sciences: Quality Assurance Careers at Gilead. Gilead Scienes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v7rBi_LQ5E
The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth. Ambrose Video Publishing, 1984.
Music:
Madonna: Oh Father. By Madonna; Leonard, Patrick. In: Like a Prayer. New York, Sire Records. 1989
Bach, Johann Sebastian: Kein Arzt ist außer dir zu finden. BMV 103 „Ihr werdet weinen und heulen“