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On Edge: New Experimental Video

Film theorist Andre Bazin famously argued that the photographic image provides special access to truth, but owing to its malleability, video is often used to question the existence of a unified reality. Toward this end, Marcello Mercado's Das Kapital Version .07 (2002) pairs an alphabet soup of inscrutable text fragments (“decimalized stocks and police units”) with seductive video imagery that shifts from geometrical diagrams to abstracted flowers. In Scott Stark's The Tells, men in urban and rural settings make gnomic utterances that seem to address the ways in which our culture suppresses individual autonomy (“Touch a choice you want to make”). The black-and-white abstractions of Jowita Kepa's Static Discharge (for Bleeding Eyes) (2001) look like tiny glimpses inside an incomprehensibly vast machine, but Alex Heim's assault on an electric organ with a hammer in Heimorgeln (2002) is mere rock-concert vandalism. With three other videos. 86 min.


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