To See or Not to See

Terese Svoboda

1991, 13:25 minutes, colour, English


To See or Not to See is a meditation on the Giant Walking Sticks of Papua New Guinea which dramatizes the narrator's ambivalence toward the Other. The tape acts as a visual interpretation of anthropologist Clifford Geertz' examination of language and how it traps the speaker's attempts at trying to interpret. In "To See or Not to See" the dilemma of the outside observer becomes exposed -- with wit, irony and a genuine concern for not destroying what is seen.

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