Mead Lake

Gary Kibbins

1992, 28:00 minutes, B&W, English


Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, fancy literary terms, and "foreigners", are all cross-referenced as two academics slowly make their way out of town toward their favourite swimming hole. On the way, they discuss - with great displays of rhetorical virtuosity - a newspaper editorial applauding the work of the World Bank and its policies toward developing countries.

A series of intermittent voiceovers (all with "foreign" accents) take their own trajectory, discussing, amongst other things, the Hoover Dam, swimming, the mythical unconscious, public sculptures, and the Gulf war.

The academics begin with what is familiar to them, measuring things against their own experience. Their observations, correspondingly, range from insightful to silly. The people behind the voiceovers never become visible, making ironic commentary which is sometimes detached, while at other times seems to be the academics' unconscious.

Le lac Mead, le barrage Hoover, les termes littéraires recherchés et les gens venus d'ailleurs font l'objet des propos de deux universitaires qui quittent tranquillement la ville pour se rendre à leur lieu de baignade préférée. Par la même occasion, ils discutent des vertus rhétoriquesd'un éditorial controversé faisant l'apologie du travail de la Banque Mondiale et de ses politiques vis-à-vis des pays en voie de développement.

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