this is an EXCERPT of a 22 minute video from 2012. the piece was conceived of during a residency in 2011 at the akademie der kunste in berlin, exploring walter benjamin's notebooks and manuscripts.
since i do not speak or read german, my focus was mainly on the graphic aspects of the notebooks and eventually i found myself notating every different way that benjamin crossed out words and passages. since most of these actions had different forms, i decided to name each - so that a horizontal triangle would be called "bird" and a filled in horizontal triangle was called "blackbird".
the video is very simple... i write a word and then obliterate it in one of benjamin's graphic methods. of course, the words are not his words, but the method of silencing each word is his.
this piece, along with several others, were commissioned by LACE - los angeles contemporary exhibitions - for the exhibition "shells, bells, steps and silences".