TNI A/V posts original podcasts, multimedia essays and playlists designed as forms and formal explorations of criticism, but without all that boring reading.
In honor of the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, our friends in the Anti-Banality Union (they made Unclear Holocaust) have allowed us to post a trailer for their upcoming “film,” Police Mortality. In their words,
Police Mortality is Anti-Banality’s latest wish-fulfillment symptomology of, as one character hallucinates it, “a precisely formulated national conspiracy of police genocide.” Imprecise, ill-formulated, universal, and spontaneous, this feature-length detournement is a paranoid-schizophrenic blitz against police subjectivity, skimmed off nearly 200 movies by that other social superego–Hollywood. The second film in the epistemological survey begun with Unclear Holocaust, Police Mortality is slated for completion in December.
In this opening scene, the immaculate suicide of one LAPD officer begins to reveal the contradictions of police existence to a force which, finding itself multiply irreconcilable with itself, resorts to terminal civil war, eradicating the prevailing organization of life in the process.
“The most beautiful sculpture is a paving stone thrown at a cop’s head,” -?!
On August 18th, TNI teamed up with Spectacle Theater to present a night of cop movies in celebration of our new magazine issue. We were able to get our hands on an extremely rare Keystone short with a Charlie Chaplin cameo as one of the Kops. The film had been rumored to exist, but no surviving copies were seen until two years ago, when film historian Paul Gierucki discovered a reel in a Michigan garage sale.
Protect and Serve by Ben Shapiro and Greg Eggebeen, however, brought down the house. Billed as a compilation of “golden-age police procedural tutorials, self-defense training vids, and the most nightmarish amateur footage of macings, beatdowns, and brutal assaults ever captured by the public,” Protect and Serve helped demonstrate the symmetry between fictional narratives of policing from the dawn of cinema and the narratives that police themselves produce in training their officers to become cops.
Not everyone who we wished would have seen the movie could make it to Brooklyn, so Greg and Ben have graciously allowed us to share Protect and Serve here at TNI A/V.
Following its stint at the Northside DIY Film Festival, TNI A/V is happy to share Unclear Holocaust, a debut ‘film’ by the Anti-Banality Union:
A Terrorist film collective hijacks the U.S. propaganda apparatus and detonates it over New York. Everything is obliterated and the world celebrates. Through fifty studio event-movies abstracted of all demokratic variation, we see the Cinema as it really is; an unequivocal annihilation, the auto-genocidal mass fantasy of a megalomaniacally depressed First World. Every screen is lifted and bares the obscene underside of all these images. Movements of character and narrative burst into pure and mechanically perfect propulsions of a psychotic camera from which all this violence emanates. The Mise-En-Scene becomes an inventory of the dominant visual-auditory arsenal, enumerating and measuring the power of every weapon available to the Spectacle. Utilizing them all with paradigmatic rigor, the Hollywood-Military complex launches an endless pre-emptive attack on its own shadow, the Terrorist. And, as in all encounters between doubles, the former ends up joyously suiciding itself.
– A.B.U. Communique #1