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M.H.T., Monkey Honky Town

Txuspo Poyo
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In this piece Poyo pays a small tribute to Stanley Kubrick and the film 2001:  A Space Odyssey. For the film Kubrick collaborated with Arthur C. Clarke, a well known science-fiction writer. Together they wrote the script for the film, which premiered in New York the 1st of April, 1968. It is a film based on the notion of ambiguity. Monkey Honky Town includes visual and sound fragments of 2001: A space Odyssey, but that in which it most resembles Kubrick’s film is in the plurality of meanings that it offers and in the resulting ambiguity.

In the video, Poyo uses a wide range of structural elements which break the narrative linearity and provoke a sense of chaos in the spectator. One of the elements that the artist uses to cause this confusion is the alteration of the temporal and the spatial parameters. On screen, Poyo shows, over the image, the time and place of the scene that is taking place. This causes the spectator to think about the simultaneity of actions, spaces and times, as contradictions are being constantly generated. Other elements that make it difficult to establish a linear narration are, on the one hand, the lack of dialogue, and on the other, the fact that the spectator doesn’t manage to establish who the characters are or who the protagonist is amongst the individuals that are shown on screen executing the different actions, as they are all apes. Monkey Honky Town is woven together like a puzzle, with scenes that refer to narratives of power, territory, strength, etc.; and it is the spectator who has to come up with its ultimate meaning.

 

 

Technical datasheet

  • Title: M.H.T., Monkey Honky Town
  • Direction: Txuspo Poyo
  • Production: Txuspo Poyo (Nueva York). 2001.
  • Duration: 00:29:00
  • Languages: English
  • Original format: Betacam Digital
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright