Digital video, 7 minutes 50 seconds, color, 2010
Working strictly with the cataclysmic footage of Roland Emmerich's blockbuster 2012, Apocalypse Postponed visualizes the total destruction of mankind. Borrowing the title of Umberto Eco's eponymous book about mass culture reception by European intellectuals, this video montage poignantly references the time in which the original was made, the prophetic aspect of the film, and the archimedean point where criticism of mass culture, largely on the basis of capitalistic endeavors, can be seen as a description more than prescription of a different doom, one in which we are living now, i.e. the global financial crisis.
By excluding the generic narrative arc that dominated the original film, Apocalypse Postponed affords a clearer picture of the dernier cri of social anxieties emerging from stewardship with the environment and predilections toward other civilizations whose science may have been more sophisticated than ours. After distilling the predictable trash that comprises most of the film 2012, the leftover big budget special effects are less than ten minutes of the screen time but maintain the hook of the film--visualized calamity on a global scale.