by Michael MAZIÈRE
2006 / Video / b&w / sound / 1S / 10' 00

ASSASSIN explores the seductive spectacle of crime as manifested in cinema through the subjective depiction of the archetypal character of the assassin. ASSASSIN takes as it starting point the plotting of a murder by a couple in love. Using a mosaic of film fragments - clips, music, subtitles, dialogue from French cinema - ASSASSIN creates a new text in which the binding effects of narrative have been dissolved. Part picture puzzle, part fragmented image-sequence the film operates as a form of inner speech, often disconnected and incomplete. By reworking the image and dialogue of these cinematic meta-narratives ASSASSIN restores a singularity to notions of collective memory.

"By dissecting Hollywood products, artists such as Klaus Von Bruch, Christophe Girard and Matthiass Muller, Michael Mazière, Peter Tscherkassky and Candice Breitz create the raw material for their 'remix' and 'recycle' experiments in image and sounds. Unlike Studio producers these auteurs are not dependent on the rigid economic-hierarchical system of the film industry, but have the freedom and unconditional right to the Final Cut." – KunstFilmBiennale, Hacker S. (ed), HP Schwerfel & G.Kock, Cologne, Germany 2007.


distribution format Digital file on server (FHD)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language French
translation English (Embedded subtitles)
rental fee 44,00 €