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[Nettime-nl] nieuw videowerk van linda wallace: non-western
Geert Lovink on Sat, 13 Dec 2008 06:21:16 +0100 (CET)


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[Nettime-nl] nieuw videowerk van linda wallace: non-western


non-western | are you or have you ever been?

a work in five parts for the internet, also a single channel video  
(13.30 minutes) and installation version
each part is found and named at a different url, for example:  
undergrowth.eu
the-shadowlands.eu, allochtoonen.eu, mysafehouse.eu, and off-the- 
radar.com

all are linked from here:
http://www.lindawallace.eu

you can jump in any order to see all FIVE parts from, for example:
http://www.mysafehouse.eu/

or see the five parts in sequence as they are in the single channel  
work from utube (ie follow 1-of-5, 2-of-5 etc)

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=machinehunger

'In her video non-western Linda Wallace subtitles her fascinating,
rhythmic montage of Dutch vistas, highways and people with long strings
of numbers. These "facts and figures" describing Dutch society slide
through the images at a fast pace, for instance: the total number of
non-western immigrants in 2050, the percentage of non-westerners in the
biggest cites, and the total numbers of non-western young people.
Wallace knowingly uses bureaucratic "truths" rather than the complex,
contradictory and dynamic daily reality that the statistics hide. What
do these statistics do? The inclination towards statistical
essentialism, where lives become stuck in unambiguous, unalterable and
irreconcilable identities is characteristic of the contemporary public
debate, and bears a striking resemblance to the corners and straight
lines of the Netherlands landscape.'

(Dr Jolle Demmers, Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University)

non-western  |  are you or have you ever been?

by Linda Wallace
Amsterdam November 2008
web, installation and single screen version
production assistant: Emile Zile
non-western duration: 13.30min

non-western premiered at the Kasseler Documentarfilm and Videofest,  
November 13 2008


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