The Genius of The Crowd

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  • Academic project to create a vignette for MTV. Using Charles Bukowski's poem The Genius of The Crowd narrated by the poet himself (audio extracted from the documentary Born Into This) along with a peaceful photo of Matthias Heiderich, the film emulates the same atmosphere of "imminent danger" found in the poem.
    Projeto acadêmico cujo objetivo foi a criação de uma vinheta para a MTV. Como ponto de partida, escolhemos o poema de Charles Bukowski intitulado O Gênio da Multidão. Para acompanhar o tom do poema, que vai de uma aparente calmaria cotidiana para imagens perturbadoras, decidimos trabalhar com uma foto de Matthias Heiderich. A foto é distorcida durante a vinheta e acompanhada pela voz do próprio Bukowski, recitando o poema (trecho retirado do documentário Born Into This). Combinados, todos esses elementos contribuem para o tom de "perigo iminente" encontrado nos versos.
  • there is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average
    human being to supply any given army on any given day

    and the best at murder are those who preach against it
    and the best at hate are those who preach love
    and the best at war finally are those who preach peace

    those who preach god, need god
    those who preach peace do not have peace
    those who preach peace do not have love

    beware the preachers
    beware the knowers
    beware those who are always reading books
    beware those who either detest poverty
    or are proud of it
    beware those quick to praise
    for they need praise in return
    beware those who are quick to censor
    they are afraid of what they do not know
    beware those who seek constant crowds for
    they are nothing alone
    beware the average man the average woman
    beware their love, their love is average
    seeks average

    but there is genius in their hatred
    there is enough genius in their hatred to kill you
    to kill anybody
    not wanting solitude
    not understanding solitude
    they will attempt to destroy anything
    that differs from their own
    not being able to create art
    they will not understand art
    they will consider their failure as creators
    only as a failure of the world
    not being able to love fully
    they will believe your love incomplete
    and then they will hate you
    and their hatred will be perfect

    like a shining diamond
    like a knife
    like a mountain
    like a tiger
    like hemlock

    their finest art
  • All photo rights reserved to Matthias Heiderich
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