“Silent Secrets: The Body Language of the Confessor,” is a multi-media database currently including 22 videos of participants, age 17-83, confessing secrets recorded without sound and in slow motion as part of an ongoing study of body language. Participants are left alone during recording, and they work with me to construct the space and camera setup for their confession.

This project enables individuals to “write” their own wordless histories by communicating through non-verbal body language on camera. It seeks to “read” these non-verbal communications as expressions of the unconscious; readings that become historic artifacts on video. While the visual confession is recorded, the omission of sound hints at the ephemeral past, which is only accessible through the memory of the confessor.

This video includes raw footage of the secrets and confessions, clips from a 2011 USC gallery installation, clips from a 2009 Iowa installation, and comments from a panel discussion following the USC gallery opening with Marsha Kinder, Ioana Uricaru, Mary Sweeney, and Michael Renov.

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