If Something Should Happen

This video was projected at Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney Australia, for the show "All I Want For Christmas Is You" on December the 6th 2013. It was made using found footage depicting the reaction of Michael Jackson's fans at the news of his death.

"Pop music is an arena for the spectacular intersection of the common and the divine. So as we have branded and adorned ourselves with religious devotion, these gods and goddesses that captivate and elevate us are fantastic constructions that chant ideological slogans from ineffable, mediated stages. As Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and countless others play out mythical intimacies in their music (and their twitters), we, the listener and the fan, create the atmosphere of simulacra that provides sustenance for pop stardom. In one sense, fan clubs - Rihanna Navy, Directioners, Beliebers - enslave their ghostly icons, coveting and re-constructing the minutiae of their every recorded act in globalised acts of fictionalisation. The pop identity is thereby splintered or refracted millions of times through mass dissemination, ever organically developed and respawned atop and away from its source."

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