Skip navigation

Neo-Geo: An American Purchase

Peter Callas
1989

Neo-Geo: An American Purchase (1989), 9:17 mins, Sydney.

Neo Geo was produced by Callas during an artistic residency at PS1 Studio in New York in 1988-89. It exposes the profound contradictions inherent in the twin gods of contemporary American culture - capitalism and democracy - by intenese layering of diverse visual cues and associative references drawn from popular culture, the entertainment industry, religion, warfare and technology. The effect is one of visual and aural overload, culminating with the screaming sound of falling bombs, guns and thunder, accompanied by images of war and death. A postmodern Babylon; America at bursting point.1

  • 1. Rachel Kent from “Peter Callas: Initialising History, video works 1980-1999”
Format
CVI
Duration
00:09:17
Frame from Neo Geo: An American Purchase (1989). (c) Peter Callas.
Frame from Neo Geo: An American Purchase (1989). (c) Peter Callas.