Video

Stretto

Serena Lee

2016, 06:48 minutes, colour, English, French, German, Dutch (with English subtitles)

TAPECODE 2047.09

This is a letter to the mouse that lives with me.

It is a one-sided conversation speculating on: interspecies cohabitation, gentrification, pluralism, civilization, negotiation, culture, ‘inoperative communities’, ‘Hostipitality’, integration, communication, difference, care, intent, and empathy.

The term 'stretto' appears in music, particularly Baroque fugues. Deriving from Italian, it finds synonyms in 'narrow', 'tight', and 'close'. When played, it sounds like a succession of overlapping voices on independent scales of time. Sometimes the voices come together. The unspoken question: what if there is no shared language?

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