Computer controlled Projection
In this artwork a single murder from the movie Schindler's List is played
continuously six million times. After ever replay of the scene a computer
counts from 1 all the way up to 6,000000. To reach 6,000,000 the computer
will have to run continuously for over two years.
All modes of representation have their restrictions. As an artist working
with images of the Holocaust I am both deeply aware of these restrictions
and also anxious to make them explicit. For "the question arises
as to whether there are any limits on the kind of story that can be responsibly
emplotted in any of the modes, symbols, plot types, and genres our culture
provides for making sense of such extreme events in our pasts"(1).
Many artists aware of the restrictions inherent in these culturally and
conventionally acceptable means of representation have attempted to experiment
with new forms as a way to address the horrors of the Holocaust.
The movie Schindler's List is an important one in that it attempts to
transcend film and become historical document.
"We're not making a film we are making a document"Steven
Spielberg, Time Magazine (2).
However at the same time as trying to transcend film it also uses many
of the conventions of Hollywood in order to get it's message over.
This piece attempts to focus in on some of those conventions as a way
of returning us again to both the responsibilities and impossibilities
of representing the Holocaust.
(1)Hayden White, 'Historical Emplottment and the Problem of Truth',
in Saul Friedlander (ed)., 'Probing the Limits of Representation'.
(2) Cited in Phillip Gronrevitch, ' A Dissent on Schindler's List', in
With thanks to Michael Murdza for his programming help and Thomas Richmond
whose essay "Representational Modes and Narrative Structure in Schindler's
List" provided the initial impetus for this project.