Video

The Face is the Logo of the Human Body

Tom Sherman

2005, 14:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 366.32

Throughout 2004-2005 Tom Sherman collected hundreds of video portraits with a digital still camera, a Canon digital Elph, examining the way people played to his camera while he thought about how the face functions as the logo of the human body. The resulting video database consists of a continuous stream of faces collected in Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. This video database is an exercise in virtual community building, using straight-cut editing to create a unified field of sometimes related, often unrelated persons. Sherman’s voice-over analysis is absurdly clinical, as though written by an alien. Viennese composer Bernhard Loibner contributes an original musical score.

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