Caochangdi Road on November 24 2009 I Stood There Waiting (2011)

A reflection on aural and visual experience and its reconstruction in memory.

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(2011, HD video projection, 41:43' loop) A handheld video shot mostly out of focus at Cao Chang Di Road, a Beijing art district street. Passing vehicles and people trigger the camera pans. Fluctuations in the original ambient soundtrack control the amount of grain. Blur and grain obscure the details - fuzziness of recollection and forgetting. At the time, it seemed like filming an ordinary place; the estate of artist Ai Weiwei to the right, eventually, two women waiting to be let in. In the wake following the artist's detention, the reconstructed wait is permeated by the tensional atmosphere present in covert or ubiquitous surveillance footage, foreshadowing imminent perpetration in even the seemingly most inconspicuous places. A caveat to the on-line viewer: the web codec, by its nature, defeats much of the quality of the pointillist noise characteristic of the original, non-compressed HD video playing off a hard disk.

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  • Year Created: 2011
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Sunday Sep 11th, 2011
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  • Work Credits:
    • alexhahn, primary creator
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