Nine Guided Tours

Michael Gitlin

2000, 18:30 minutes, coloour , English


Nine Guided Tours is an essay on some aspects of the language and technology deployed in turning natural space into commercialized space. Shot in nine different commercialized caverns, the tape is loosely divided into thematic sections organized around lighting strategies, the particular syntax of tour guides, and the invented history of caverns. The piece also explores an underground pyscho-topography in which the cave walls and formations function as a blank surface where repressed images can be made to appear. Like anything else, a cave is an empty space waiting to be filled with ideology. Nine Guided Tours drifts underground and closely inspects some passages.

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