Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have created, each in their particular way, a contemporary version of son et lumière. Not for the sake of spectacle, although the theatrical is a tool they find engaging and functional, having used it to good effect in many of their pieces. In fact, Janet Cardiff’s voice in your ears, winding through your cochlea, insinuating itself thoroughly into your cognitive operations, is as theatrical an event as the average person would wish to experience.
Robert Frank’s newest video, The Present, opens with a shot of a window in his Mabou, Nova Scotia house beyond which you catch intimations of the Cape Breton landscape. As you watch the essentially static frame, you hear Frank’s voice saying, “I’m glad I found my camera. Now I can film,” but immediately the doubt begins.
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