Civilisation

 

Kenneth Clark was one of the greatest figures of the 20th century. Not only was he the youngest director of the National Gallery ever, but he was a scholar, educator, patron, writer, administrator, broadcaster and impresario. But this wasn’t enough for Kenneth Clark; his greatest achievement was the critically acclaimed television series, Civilisation.

Civilisation was the Grand Tour for the attentive television audience, covering the history of art, architecture, philosophy from the fall of the Roman Empire to its general release, in 1969. It inspired millions of spectators and a critical response most famous of which came from John Berger’s Ways of Seeing.

This installation considers this illustrious man and his own work of art, our tour de force, Civilisation

 

1               Lord Clark Standing Still for 4’33"

2               Processing Civilisation

3               @LordClarkofCiv

4               Be Sceptical of it, says John

5               Kenneth Says

6               Understanding Civilisation (A Personal View)
  

 

Made shortly after the death of John Berger and in anticipation of the BBC's awaited remake of Kenneth Clark's groundbreaking 1969 television series, Civilisation (2017) is a multiscreen installation using traditional cutting techniques and coding programmes such as Processing and a Twitter-bot that address Kenneth Clark's Civilisation

Fundamentally, this piece discusses power; Berger's reaction to civilisation typified the changing times of the 70s whilst this project typifies the reactions of the social media generation of today.  

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Civilisation , as displayed in the University of Westminster Degree Show, Harrow, in May 2018

Civilisation, as displayed in the University of Westminster Degree Show, Harrow, in May 2018