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Radical Closure, Program 5: The Trace That Remains

Steele, Lisa; Antar, Ziad; Hatoum, Mona; Mroué, Rabih; Meltzer, Julia; Thorne, David

Video Data Bank (VDB), 2010

DVD - Region 1.   reference copy.   1 videodisc of 1.
color and b/w.   fullscreen.   sound.  
Curated by Lebanese video artist Akram Zaatari, and originally presented by the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Radical Closure features works produced in response to situations of physical or ideological closure resulting from war and territorial conflicts. The program looks at what is known as the Middle East, and how the moving image has functioned throughout its history, charged with division, political tension, and mobilization. How useful is personal testimony to History? Disc 5 of 5. All films, or entire program, can be looped. Includes: BIRTHDAY SUIT WITH SCARS AND DEFECTS (Lisa Steele, 1974, 13 min); SAFE SOUND (Ziad Antar, 2006, 9 min); MEASURES OF DISTANCE (Mona Hatoum, 1988, 15 min); FACE A / FACE B (Rabih Mroué, 2002, 10 min); TAKE INTO THE AIR MY QUIET BREATH (Julia Meltzer & David Thorne, 2007, 16 min). Essay booklet available from checkout.


+ Birthday Suit With Scars and Defects

+ Safe Sound

+ Measures of Distance

+ Face A / Face B

+ Take Into the Air My Quiet Breath