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AWESOMEISM - THE ARTISTIC AESTHETIC OF ASS-KICKING AWESOMENESS


Conceptually, the awesomist movement proclaims to represent the triumph of the extraordinary and the exceptional over the ordinary and mundane, as well as the superiority of the boundless possibilities of the improbable and the impossible, over the more limited options of realism.  

    It stimulates a vicarious sense of strength by presenting subjects who display a willful mastery over potential threats to their physical safety. In this sense, it is the artistic conquest of danger, fear and death. 


Rejecting the distressing, unknowable questions of the abstract, awesomeism champions a man's right to embrace moral conviction in his primal gut instincts and to nobly impose those morals the onto other people.

 


The power of overwhelming sensory experience purges any other unnecessary thoughts. 

    

Similar to surrealism, the aesthetic of awesomeism also relies heavily upon the premise that fiction need not imitate reality, because fiction, technically, is not real. Instead, the doctrine of awesomeism asserts that the greatest representation of art, regardless of plausibility, is that which brings the observer closest to exclaiming the word “bitchin.”



Additionally, if any external rule for fiction, like  “have a plot” or “make sense” starts to detriment the quality of the artistry, then one must accept that it is not a real rule, but an enslaving shackle that must be transcended with one’s own creative will back toward the awesome. 


Evil Kenevel – Pioneer of Awesomist Performance Art



Ted Nugent - Iconic Awesomist musician  


Profile in Awesomeism - President Thomas J. Whitmore 

On July 4th, 1996, during the First Great Alien War, President Whitmore surrendered his Presidential duties in order to lead a fighter pilot attack against the extraterrestrial invaders. Did this action make strategic sense? 

...Who f-ing cares, it was awesome! Honestly, who doesn’t want to see the President fly up there and kick some alien ass?


Awesomist Physics

 

No explosions in space? Go tell that to the Death Stars.


Indifference to Explosions - Archetypical Awesomist Imagery 


Another beautiful piece from the Bayian school


"I Am Number Four," by D.J. Caruso


Awesomist Theory from filmmakers 

“If there's a visceral, cinematic thing happening that the audience likes, they don't care if it goes against what's likely.” 

James Cameron


“I'm a filmmaker, not a scientist.” 

– Roland Emmerich


“Again, this is part of the idea that all of this [Road House] is larger than life.” 

-Rowdy L. Herrington


"That's why filmmakers create these kinds of super-heroes, like Rambo or even Machete... to solve the problems that just can't be solved in reality.” 

– Robert Rodriguez


“Action films, to me, are a throwback to ancient mythology… the original idea is still the same: heroes overcoming incredible odds to make the world a better place.” 

Sylvester Stallone

 

“I certainly enjoy portraying action. It’s a very pure, kinetic form of cinema. It’s very visual and it employs sound, editing and photography in the most extreme way.” 

– Christopher Nolan


“Make a good chase. Make one better than anyone's done.” 

Howard Hawks


“At the end of the day, people want to escape and they want to see s--- blow up.” 

– Paul Walker


"The show [Miami Vice] is written for an MTV audience, which is more interested in images, emotions and energy than plot and character and words." 

– Lee Katzin

 

"I like to… bring to you, the audience, a highly adrenzlized ride. I say to people I’d rather give them an experience than a story." 

Rob Cohen


 “As for me, the content of a story, the plot does not interest me at all… What attracts me is to discover what will provoke a strong emotion in the viewer and how to make them feel it.” 

Alfred Hitchcock 


Review: Taylor, 9/22/2011

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