untitled part 1: everything and nothing

Jayce Salloum

2001, 43:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English, Arabic, French


Untitled is an ongoing single channel video tape with no predetermined closure. Each part of the tape is made to be shown individually or with other parts, there is also a multi channel video installation available which incorporates much of the material. This project continues my series of works addressing social and political realities and representations, manifestations, and enunciations, focusing on borders/nationalisms/ movements (shifts, transitions, and interstitial space/time) and subjectivity and the conditions of living between polarities of culture, geography, history, and ideology.

The dialectical relationship of the speaker and the spoken is highlighted, the speech laid bare and layered between the story, the fields of images, the suggested frames and the butted fictive and documentary process. Difference is articulated in around the literal and metaphorical spaces of displacement and dwelling, the constitution of this being viewed as cultural meanings rather than only as an extension of (an)other locale/space or subjective relationship. This work also investigates what types of freedom allow people to stay home and what types of powers force people to move and vice versa.

Histories of movement are examined along gender, class and race lines, taking into consideration legacies of empire, conflict and capital, and the contested and conflicted notions of homeland, nation, diaspora, exile, travel, assimilation, refuge, native and other in an attempt to challenge our
realities and perceptions and in doing so, reclaim and reconstruct an agency that is complex and self determining.

Preliminary versions of this installation/tape were exhibited in Eurovision2000, Prague 9/00; World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam 10/00; and MoneyNations2, Kunstahalle Exnergasse, Vienna, 11/00. In 2001 the installation will be exhibited at The Museum of Civilization, Hull, Québec.

© 1999-2002

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Critical Writing

Occupied Space, Here and There: Jayce Salloum, history of the...
by Bart Gazzola. Fuse, Spring 2012, v. 35, no. 2.
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by Mike Hoolboom. Coach House Books, 2008.