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New Video, New Europe

A Survey of Eastern European Video
January 11 – February 22, 2004

 
V?rnai Gyula
(Hungary)
Magic, 2003
6'
 
A black backdrop makes the atmosphere of this video still-life more Spanish than Dutch. Through a painfully awkward morphing sequence, a hand becomes a chair, and an arm becomes a knife. The transitions are replete with minor stutters, chinks, and glitches, resulting in a beautiful soundtrack. But unlike morphing programs in which one thing smoothly becomes another, this contemplative object lesson captures something of the pain that might come with defying the law of physics.
 

   
   
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