Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Asylum" by Julian Rosefeldt

Film and video artist Julian Rosefeldt created "Asylum," a nine channel video installation about how immigrants and foreigners are perceived. We watch hypnotized as a variety of ethnic groups go about their mind-numbing Sisyphean jobs, the kind of jobs no one wants to do. The film has the hyper-real, once-removed-from-reality texture that Matthew Barney's films have. People move slowly and deliberately, focused on tasks whose purposes and goals are unknown to us, or often don't make sense to us. It runs fourteen minutes, but please do watch through to the end. It's worth it.

The installation view below shows how the screens are set up.

Julian Rosefeldt at the Max Wigram Gallery:

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