America Is Waiting

America Is Waiting

America is waiting

Script: Bruce Conner
Music: David Byrne And Brian Eno
Color: Black and white

“My films are mostly quite short; if you blink too much during them you’ll miss most of it.” (Bruce Conner) Conner’s films, like the work of Kenneth Anger, tend to be perceived as an important inspiration for the visual culture of aesthetic delight, as represented by MTV. A contemporary of the beatniks, in his early work he used a number of approaches that pre-dated the video-clip aesthetic by decades.

Elements of pop-culture have moreover always been basic features of his films, fashionable psychedelic and pop-art aesthetics can however be a sign of the exhaustion of a style and the suppression of socio-critical reflection. In 1981 Conner shot a music video for the song America is Waiting, from the pivotal album by David Byrne and Brian Eno, My Life in a Bush of Ghosts.

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Canyon Cinema / USA /
Festival edition: 2005
Sections: Translucent Being Bruce Conner
Exhibition format: 16 mm


The author of the official spot is renowned director Jean-Luc Godard