Video and found footage, 4:50 mins, Cairo-Egypt, 2010
Monologue consciously splices together archive clips of old made-for-tv nationalist song and dance extravaganzas, intercut with very dry, urban video footage and abstract sound. The lack of context, persona, narrative or even perceptible intent in the video footage is in strong contrast to the hyper-intentional gestures of popular nationalist entertainment. While the songs provide strong nostalgic amusement, they represent national collective memory and a certain emotional power; by contrast, the video footage almost comes across as a laconic non-response or even emptiness.
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