I could have done
that...


 Video, 180 min, colour, stereo
Compiled by Denise Araouzou
Edited by Adrian Melis


Fig. 1 Film still, Achilles and the Tortoise / Akiresu to Kame, 2008, Directed by Takeshi Kitano.

I could have done that... was compiled on the occasion of the exhibition at The Island Club, titled Rigadin Peintre Cubiste. 
The video compilation I could have done that... develops as an archive attempting to map the presence of fictional artists as characters in a number of TV series and movies. Within the array of material, ranging from clichés, stereotypes, caricatures, and ethographies, a selection of diverse portrayals of fictional artists in media culture are assembled and put into perspective.


“Mechanical reproduction of art changes the reaction of the masses toward art. The reactionary attitude towards a Picasso painting changes into the progressive reaction toward a Chaplin movie. The progressive reaction is characterised by the direct, intimate fusion of visual and emotional enjoyment with the orientation of the expert. . . With regard to the screen, the critical and the receptive attitudes of the public coincide. The decisive reactions are predetermined by the mass audience response they are about to produce, and this is nowhere more pronounced than in the film.” 

Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” (1936)