Blind Understanding

Saskia Holmkvist

2009, 12:05 minutes, colour, English, closed captoins


The image in the film Blind Understanding is of one long slow shot sliding down a river. It has clear ties to the cinematic way of portraying an inner process of change, inspired from The Heart of Darkness. Along with the imagery a voice over is heard narrated by the artist herself. Loosely linked stories are told. First about black birds moving into cities adapting their patterns, then about work songs, how a people can change their mother tongue and how a drivers license is thought to make you behave differently. The text concentrates on different aspects of language and assimilation, changing by adapting. The ways in which this is achieved stand against each other – the wanting or not wanting to understand, change, assimilate.

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