Robert Arnold and Judith Shatin
2008, 15:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English
Designed by Thomas Jefferson to represent the "authority of nature and the power of reason," the Rotunda is the physical and symbolic center of the University of Virginia, founded by Jefferson in 1824 as the first secular Liberal Arts university in America. Inspired by and dedicated to these now-threatened ideals, composer Judith Shatin and filmmaker Robert Arnold collaborated to create a portrait of the place that combines its timeless majesty with the ever-changing hum of its daily life. Sounds, interviews and time-lapse images are interwoven into a visual and aural tapestry presenting an entire year as a single day, from dawn to sunset.
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