First of May, 1977 (2014) slide 01 slide 02 slide 03 slide 04 slide 05 slide 06 slide 07 slide 08 slide 09 slide 10 slide 11 slide 12 slide 13 slide 14 slide 15 slide 16 slide 17 slide 18 slide 19 slide 20 slide 21 slide 22 slide 23 slide 24 slide 25 slide 26 slide 27 slide 28 slide 29
First of May, 1977 (2014)
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The work The First of May, 1977 is a deconstruction of an 8mm family film in which a small act of violence is isolated and played out while its cause remains concealed.
Split into two separate locations, the work is comprised of a sound piece in one space which is based on interviews with members from the two families who witnessed and directly participated in the act of violence and a slide projection made from the 8mm film in the other. Considering the event occurred in 1977, it now exists as a distant memory for each person interviewed and the differences and discrepancies in their accounts attesting to the subjective nature of memory and perception.
Originally captured in a single moment, the act of the boy throwing a rock at the girl’s head becomes 29 slides which are then looped into a four minute sequence. By creating stills from the 8mm family film and representing only a brief instance from the day it occurred, the slide projection isolates and prolongs the act of violence.
By separating the testimonials of the witnesses and participants (sound) with the “evidence” of the act of violence (slides), the visitor engages in the act of becoming a witness themselves by carrying the contents of one space mentally to the other or at least a thin remembrance of it. Because the two spaces are approximately identical in character and the distance between them is just long enough to begin the process of forgetting, the absence of the images and presence of sound in one space and the absence of the sound and presence of the images in the other space creates a parallel scenario to the act which is itself in question.

Here you can hear the sound installation in English:

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