Cecilia Dougherty

Dream and The Waking, The (1997) VHS NTSC, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Personal / Diary / Journal

"In The dream and the waking, tongue, speech, have disappeared almost entirely. Instead, language scrolls across the screen as we travel by bus through a grim and crumbling cityscape. Language reveals itself as material, image. The film takes place from behind the eyes of the filmmaker, enduring a weekly round-trip from New York to her job in Boston, and exhausting and demoralizing routing. But editing opens a line of escape, induces proprioceptive states that counter the landscape's narcoleptic effect. Filters and stop-motion, layering, sweep us away. The freeway, conveyor belt to hell, populated by zombies, metamorphoses into a lush poetics of shifting geometries. The landscape tilts, skids away in slow-motion-a carnival ride where the distancing of interpretive thought is subsumed in a molasses careen of sensation-a strange suturing occurs between mind and body, viewer and viewed. The video ends, the pleasurable estrangement lingers." -- Leah Gilliam and Elisabeth Subrin Sale: $75 individual, $100 institutional

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