Wistful Affection For The Past

Vilem Flusser believed that human eyes attempt to decipher a text following its lines, and thus establish the uni-vocal relation of a chain of elements by which the text is composed. (Writings, 1972) By perceiving the world around us through text, our understanding of the world becomes sequential. To challenge the linear way of thinking about history and the world, Mehrvarz uses NLE (non-linear editing) video software to composite contrasting text, sound, and video in this work. While each video element refers to a specific event, the combination of these elements creates multiple narratives. By challenging the linear narrativization of the events in the past, the artist creates new, unlimited perceptions of historical events.

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