Project author: Elena Astashova
The global economic crisis has re-actualised the intellectual heritage of Karl Marx and turned public attention to a re-examination of the principles underlying contemporary capitalism. The bearded 19th-century armchair anchorite has been transformed into a modern public thinker, a media star. One of the few photographs of Marx provided the starting point for a simulated video portrait as a reaction to this situation. Stylistically the video is reminiscent of Robert Wilson’s video portraits of celebrities and Andy Warhol’s ‘Living Portraits’.