Nelson Henricks

Les mots retranchés, 2010

Artist
Nelson Henricks
Title
Les mots retranchés
Dimensions and medium
4 colour video, 4-channel projection, sound, 12 min, 1/5, Variable dimensions
Artwork description
Unwriting is a four-channel video installation inspired by a consideration of writing and the syndrome of the blank page. Combining text, sound and performative gestures in the form of a staccato, rhythmic soundtrack, the work evokes, with a great sense of poetry, the inherent difficulty of expressing an idea through the filter of language. The constant reference to communication technologies refers precisely to that gap between thought and word. The visual and sound tracks are punctuated with rhythmic effects—hands clapping, metronome, pencil leads being broken over and over—which convey the pure and immediate impact of non-verbal experience.

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