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    Posted on: 01/11/2015

    Deep Gold, 2013

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    Deep Gold is part of an anthology film, The Scorpion’s Sting, that was initiated by the Swiss artist duo M+M. Rosefeldt was invited, along with five other artists, to make a work in response to Luis Buñuel’s ground-breaking 1930’s Surrealist film L’Âge d’Or (The Golden Age).

    Co-written with Salvador Dali, Buñuel presents a series of comedic vignettes about a young couple’s thwarted attempts to consummate their love. Scandalous and defiant in its day, L’Age d’Or takes aim at the absurdities and hypocrisy of modern life, bourgeois society and the conventions of the Catholic Church. Buñuel, like other Surrealists, was drawn to cinema as a platform to speak to new audiences, and potentially achieve political and social change.

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    Deep Gold functions as a fictional insert into the original film. It takes as its departure point a key scene in which the young girl kisses an elderly man instead of her lover. Rosefeldt follows Buñuel’s hero who, shocked by his lover’s actions, jumps out of his window, landing in a hedonistic world populated by pimps and prostitutes. Entering the wild cabaret nightclub ‘Deep Gold’, he is confronted by behaviours even more scandalous and transgressive.

    Rosefeldt reinterprets Buñuel’s film as a feminist text where the young girl is liberated from the conventions of the time. The hero, an embodiment of bourgeois constraint, is driven mad by the force of female sexuality.

    Julian Rosefeldt: Manifseto runs from 9 December 2015 to 13 March 2016.

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