In Halloween (2020), Garrett Pruter presents John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) with the horror removed, transforming the familiar slasher film into an unremarkable tale of three bored teens on one Halloween night. Through cutting, masking, and reordering, the film’s antagonist Michael Myers is erased. But removing Michael does little to relieve the character’s own anxieties. Absent violence, their fear becomes existential as their paranoia switches aim from the masked stranger to their immediate surroundings: the American suburbs, their homes, and themselves. Tension slowly builds but is never released; Checkhov’s gun never goes off.
Garrett Pruter - Halloween
…by artists is an artist-led curatorial programme, where selected artists present online work and invite their peers to create a succession of content around the yearly theme for a period of two weeks. This strand of AOS aims to create networks between continents of digital artists as the current exhibiting artist is then asked to invite the next artist to participate in the project, keeping the chain going. The digital collage created through the ongoing series will become automatic, exploring various ideas as it develops, and aims to form a conversation between peer groups and acts as a stage for presenting new work by emerging artists.