#71 ANAHITA ASADIFAR
A knowledge spectator’s rehearsal
Friday, September 24, 2021
A response, 5.5 min
Ley Ley, 4.5 min
Presenting Chris marker, 18.5 min (screened at 7:30 and 8:30 pm)
Public archival knowledge fragments are shattered and disrupted, then rearranged into various constellations – no commentary added. The specifics and details of the exact narration hold no importance, as the audience is addressed to take part in exploring these relations between elements themselves. In an attempt not to enter abstraction, traces of the personal storytelling appear in the transition between images, gestures, phrases and various experimental effects. Eventually, these constellations of homages – to the ghosts that haunt the artist – rely on the suspense of temporality, like in our memory itself, turning the present merely into a "short-circuit" between past and future.
“Language is also a place of struggle.”
Language is, too, my place of struggle.
I have no standing to speak of any discourse, nor am I a writer. What I am is, perhaps, a knowledge spectator, and what I do here is summoning the knowledge absorbed.
These works were never intended to be a discursive essay nor a pedagogical film.
The written commentary is absent.
My utterance is the composition.
My commentary is montage.
I claim the narrative, not the words.