Dahl, Baht, Roti, Shak (excerpt), 2008, C-prints w/Audio Installation

 

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Beginning with the video documentation of over 20 family meals at my grandparent’s flat in London from 2004-2008, Dahl, Baht, Roti, Shak strings together a time-warping narrative centered on the amalgamation of the recorded conversations around the table. Audio segments extracted from the recordings of those conversations are digitally collaged en masse, allowing the audio soundtrack to move along as if one complete conversation. While actually, segments of dialogue ranging from a few seconds to a minute are positioned chronologically, enabling the conversations to traverse their real-time boundaries and relate to past and future discussions directly. In addition using a combination of long-exposure and motion photography, digital prints are derived from the projections of the family meals. Each meal is compressed into its own singular image and together they turn our attention to the dining room itself, in a way that evokes a stage set, a microcosm of the wider world, containing the remnants of domestic dramas and private traumas.

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