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Dissertortion, 2008

Video, 01:46:00 min, Color, Sound

The video Dissertortion shows a Greek woman watching an American film in its original English version with Greek subtitles on a TV screen. It is a composite of two videos shot simultaneously from a different perspective. One video shows a general view of the room and the other focuses on the body of the woman. The woman reads out loud the Greek subtitles of the entire film while a translation of her spoken words appears in the form of subtitles. The viewer has the ability to hear the original soundtrack and the words spoken by the actress while also reading the distorted subtitles. The original message that comes out of the TV box passes through the actress to the viewer. Dissertortion deals with the way in which body interferes with the transmission of the message, i.e. how a message gets distorted and what is the role of memory in that process. It recalls the children’s game of Stille Post (Chinese Whispers), where the memory of the phrase eventually changes the meaning of it.

With: Theodora Tzimou


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Photos and Video by PMStudio

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