Things I Forget To Tell Myself

Shelly Silver

1989, 01:52 minutes, colour, English


Things I Forgot To Tell Myself: a specific text is interspersed with fragmented images of New York streetlife in Chinatown, the Bowery and other thoroughfares. "We waste precious time on absurd details and pass by the truth without suspecting it," the expository text states against the background stream of buildings, signs, pedestrians, and other city life.

Things I Forget To Tell Myself est une réflexion évasive sur la divulgation et la dissimulation d'informations sur ce qui est ou n'est pas montré; sur ce qui est ou n'est pas vu. "Une fois vu, comment est-ce décodé?" demande Silver. Des images et des sons enregistrés dans les rues de New-York sont interrompus de façon rythmée par cette phrase fragmentée: "Nous perdons notre temps en futilités et la vérité nous passe sous le nez sans que nous nous en doutions."

"In Shelly Silver's Things I Forget To Tell Myself, a fragmented textual statement is interspersed with imagery culled from NYC, much of it cropped by the camera operator's outstretched hand. Buildings, windows, signs, pedestrians, cops and doors constitute a continuum of access and obstruction. The sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous patterns of disclosure and withholding, recognition and inobservance, are scrutinized to reveal the imprints of psychological processes and cultural codes, while testing boundaries between seeing and reading." Michael Nash, Curator, The Long Beach Museum of Art

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