My Recall Of An Imprint From A Hypothetical Jungle

David Askevold

1973, 05:30 minutes, B&W, English


A complex tale of escape from a swamp and the return to civilization, with tangled visuals of plants and a rolling body.

"This piece records a live private performance for video. The light source consists of two dissolve slide projectors which throw images of a house plant onto a body wearing a bamboo motif shirt and snakelike patterned pants who slowly rolls on the floor towards the camera. At intervals, an electronic camera flash is activated, momentarily illuminating the field. The repeated rising squeal of the electronic flash recharging itself in the darkness supplies the tone to the narrator who speaks of a journey, escape and return from a jungle as the body makes it’s inexorable way towards the camera and the audience." - artnet

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