Gad Hollander

2003, 18:00 minutes, Colour/B&W, English


Talker is a "video-book", a reworking of an unpublished artist's book (with Andrew Bick). The public voice of Talker champions "truth" and is always praying for those he meets. His refrain ("You have left the asylum and are waiting for a taxi to take you to paradise") is a gambit to the losers of the world. Talker is a proselytizer, a defender of the faith. But he keeps a private journal (Diary of a Network Methodist) in which he articulates a deep skepticism, exposes lost love and his history in the asylum. There are (too) many words/images in the book. The video (intercut with scenes from Dreyer's Day of Wrath) attempts a fugue from both word and image, as if to escape from memory: so it oscillates between stillness and movement, language and silence, love and truth.

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