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Beta SP 40 minutes, 2002

In this tape translations are being rendered. Representations of phenomena and the experience of them are attempted. Images are created.

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..."

Sunsets credits
Producer/Director/Writer: Barbara Sternberg
Length: 40 minutes
Year of Production: 2002
Sound: Text performed in French & English by JeanMarc Lariviere from "Triste Tropique" by Claude Levi Strauss (chapter 7: "Sunset")
Country of Production: Canada
Exhibition format: vhs, beta sp, mini dv
Preview format: vhs

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