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Reading Of An Extract From Labyrinths By J.L. Borges

David Lamelas
1970
5 mins Black & White Sound 16 mm

Reading Of An Extract From Labyrinths By J.L. Borges

The film Reading of an Extract from Labyrinths by J. L. Borges shows a young woman reading an essay by Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges titled Nueva refutaciĆ³n del tiempo (New Refutation of Time) out loud. Her lips can be seen moving but her voice cannot be heard. The phrases pronounced are actually shown in subtitles, but the length of the presentation is too short to permit them to be read and comprehended. This displacement and the disorder it generates reveal different levels of information de-codification in the work. The film makes the limits of our perception manifest, and in this way echoes Borges' rejection of both simultaneity and succession, in other words, of the concatenation of deeds.

David Lamelas - A New Refutation of Time, Kunstverein Munchen, Witte de With Rotterdam, 1997.

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