Barbara Sternberg

2002, 38:00 minutes, colour, English


In this tape translations are being rendered. Representations of phenomena and the experience of them are attempted. Images are created. First released in 2002, revised 2010.

Nine sunsets were recorded with a Sony Mini DV digital camera on nine successive evenings. The words of anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss are heard as voice-over in French (the language of its writing) and in English (in translation) as he attempts to describe in precise detail his viewing a sunset; "If I could find a language in which to perpetuate those appearances, at once so unstable and so resistant to description..."

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