Guadalcanal requiem [videorecording] / Nam June Paik. [1977]


Guadalcanal requiem [videorecording] / Nam June Paik. [1977]

"[This piece] visits Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, the site of a devastating battle during World War II. On one level, the video is an evocation of past horror, which is seen in fragmentary documentary footage and recalled in interviews with American and Japanese veterans and Solomon Islanders. Synthesized through Paik's postproduction mix, the manipulation of memories, fragments, visual and auditory representations, and sites of devastation, becomes, on another level, a struggle to locate and convey experiential truths"--J.G. Hanhardt, p. 22. This piece also excerpts performance works, including Joseph Beuys's Infiltration Homogen für Cello (1966), in which Charlotte Moorman crawls along the beach with the felt-covered cello Beuys created for her strapped to her back. Guadalcanal requiem's intercut mix of performance, memory fragments and documentary footage attests to the poignant task of human imagination to capture and understand war's devastation, while also situating art within history.

1 videocassette of 1 (U-Matic) (48 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in. original.


SNAC Resource ID: 7441747

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Beuys, Joseph (person)

B. 1921 d. 1985. From the description of Joseph Beuys artist file. (Whitney Museum of American Art). WorldCat record id: 228432986 ...

Paik, Nam June (person)

Moorman, Charlotte (person)

Charlotte Moorman was a cellist and performance artist who established the Annual Avant Garde Festival in 1963 in New York City. From the description of The World of Charlotte Moorman collection, 1957-2000. (Art Institute of Chicago). WorldCat record id: 82103578 ...