Eduardo Menz

2007, 04:21 minutes, colour, English


The dictionary definition of fracas is the following :

1. a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight

coincidently, it is also the final word of the 1930 National Spelling Bee which is held every year in Washington, D.C.

fracas ultimately is the experience of memory on many different levels. It utilizes the still image of children with minimal digital alteration. The photograph itself will always represent the past and therefore the memory of the person it captures. The audio is of the National Spelling Bee where children must exercise their skills and memory to correctly spell a word. Yet the images and sounds of fracas are intentionally not connected. It is only when the camera zooms out from the powerful gaze of smiling children and lets the viewer in, the intention of fracas is revealed.

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