'No, and other possibilities'
Marie Thams, 2011
HD video (16:9) projected of back wall (approx. 6x3m), 2 videos filmed on DV camera in format 4:3 and shown on 2 26" CRT TVs, 2 tables (wood painted matt black) 75x70x60cm, typewriter (sprayed matt black), 1 Dedolight, bench (painted matt black), letters (Letter to Mr. Bartleby) in envelopes to be taken by audience.
Duration: 10 min. 40 sec. loop.
Cast: Enrique Vila-Matas, Spanish writer, and Jan Bäcklund, Swedish art theorist.
This project works with the idea of potentiality and humans’ possibility to stop doing something - and in this specific occasion: to stop writing. With the main character from Herman Melville's short story 'Bartleby the Scrivener' (1853) as pivotal point, I attempt to go in dialogue with art theory and fiction writing by interviewing and involving the Swedish art theorist Jan Bäcklund and the Spanish writer Enrique Vila-Matas. Extracts from the two interviews is then edited and placed together with object, light, text and more abstract video work, which also deals with text's possibility and questions the author's starting point and end.
Please visit mariethams.com for more information and images.
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