<videovortex> linda wallace: non-western | are you or have you ever been?

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Sat Dec 6 16:34:57 CET 2008

new work by video artist linda wallace:

non-western  |  are you or have you ever been?

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"In her video non-western Linda Wallace subtitles her fascinating,
rhythmic montage of Dutch vistas, highways and people with long strings
of numbers. These "facts and figures" describing Dutch society slide
through the images at a fast pace, for instance: the total number of
non-western immigrants in 2050, the percentage of non-westerners in the
biggest cites, and the total numbers of non-western young people.
Wallace knowingly uses bureaucratic "truths" rather than the complex,
contradictory and dynamic daily reality that the statistics hide. What
do these statistics do? The inclination towards statistical
essentialism, where lives become stuck in unambiguous, unalterable and
irreconcilable identities is characteristic of the contemporary public
debate, and bears a striking resemblance to the corners and straight
lines of the Netherlands landscape."

Dr Jolle Demmers, Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University

non-western  |  are you or have you ever been?

by Linda Wallace
Amsterdam, November 2008
web, installation and single screen version
production assistant: Emile Zile
non-western duration: 13.30min

non-western premiered at the Kasseler Documentarfilm and Videofest,  
November 13 2008

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