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Hallie DeCatherine Jones

Born in 1978 in Louisville, USA
Lives in Louisville and Bloomington

Theory of Melancholic Rhetoric. 2011. Single channel video. Courtesy of the artist

The video is a critical reflection on memory fragments lingering in public consciousness as residue from 9/11 mass media coverage. Cultural theorists advance a theory of "melancholic rhetoric", referring to repeated depictions of melancholic citizens during the war on terror, framed as a "common sense" cultural narrative. False analogy links melancholy to mourning as the loss of lives from more than 100 countries on 9/11 (true mourning) is conflated with a fictitious, imaginary loss of democratic freedom (false loss). Philosophers argue that melancholic rhetoric promotes political/ideological grounding in American culture, supporting preemptive attacks and endless war to maintain neoliberal consumer capitalism. Audio from the "Royal" wedding includes banal fashion reporters glamorizing the monarchy’s privileged status in celebration of historically reproduced metanarratives that maintain socio-economic disparities globally. How many "Royal" weddings must we witness as human lives are sacrificed?

Hallie deCatherine Jones

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.