V!C!M! #Les Grandes Misères de la Guerre

Selbstbildnis als Mars 1915

Self-Portrait as Mars, Dix 1915

Vivito! Creato! Moritor! (V!C!M!) reflects the works of four artists, who portrayed war or, to be more precise, the nature of war, in one or more of their works. It captures their ideas and orders them logically and interpretes them as evolutionary process. It is directed and advanced in the core but in a parallel way. First and foremost is the timeline of Otto dix. Born in 1891 he was painter and important representative of the New Objectivity in art. He is the center of the songs “Les Grandes Misères de la guerre“, “Los Desastres de la Guerre“, “Effet de neige à Petit-Montrouge” and “Triptychon: Der Krieg“. Before we advance to the next timeline, we will take a closer look on the first Track.

Entry 1

The photographer is only abel to catch the moment. He is not able to portrait the whole sum. The true nature of things. This is only achieveable via the painter, who, on the other hand, must have seen what he is going to paint. And by seen, I mean experienced. Even the worst, and most terrifying moments have to be seen, experienced. Only who has seen people in their true unleashed form, knows about human beings. He has to expierence when someone drops dead beside of him, hit by a bullet. He has to experience, when the body falls over with a hole in the chest. He has to experience the ruins of a whole landscape, crawling through mud and blood. Pain and agony, every shallowness. Each one. This is the reason I am here in the Champagne, why I volunteered. Art means regulation. Art is banishment. That is the reason I went to war…

The first track is denoted by changes of acoustic and electric guitars. This is also the first time we hear the voice of Markus, an amateur actor from the drama group keck&Co who did an amazing work. We become aware of Dix motives, his reasons to join war and his thoughts on art. The timeline starts with his self-portrait as mars from 1915. There is no criticism on war, furthermore, the frame on viewing at war is described. However, this view will change in the next song, as we immerse into the monochrome world of Jacques Callot.

 Μ.Χ. on Oktober, 23, 2013

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