Title: “BARBARA ROSENTHAL CONTEMPLATES SUICIDE”
Artists: BARBARA ROSENTHAL
Genres: PERSONAL VISION, EXISTENTIALISM, SHAKESPEARE, HAMLET, BATH, LITERATURE, PERFORMANCE, DIARY, VIDEO VERITE.
Run Time: Single take version: 4 min. 36 sec. 3
frames.; Installation / full 7-take version: 17 min. 40 sec. 4 frames.
Emerging from a long, uselessly medicated depression lasting nearly a decade during which the contemplation of suicide never left her mind, artist Barbara Rosenthal, always working at the intersection of Art and Life, now recites, with many irregularities and repeated takes, Hamlet's famous soliloquy. The video exists in two forms: as the single take that the day of 50 takes of shooting intended, and as the loop-installation or full version of all takes through that decisive one, releasing the power of repetition pitted against the competing demands of performer/technology/director. The piece world-premiered as a loop at Art Attack: Pool Art Fair at the Chelsea Hotel, NY, Sept. 27-29, 2007 as part of her Bathroom Installation which included her logo images Bird Hands, Brain Scan TR-9002, and Red Rubber Name Stamp. The single-version world-premiere is at the Boddinale Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, February, 2014.
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