Studies In Myself II
Douglas Davis, 1973, 30'40''

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The artist is at the computer, typing out his thoughts as directly as possible on the keyboard. The stream of words can be followed on the screen: the image of the typing Davis forms the background. Apart from being a ‘self-study’ of the artist, all this is intended to make the contact with the viewer as direct as possible. 'Trying to go into my mind as deep as I can as fast as I can while you are watching it think', you can read with him on the screen. The result is that we can indeed follow Davis’ train of thought; how he skips from one thing to another, and how some thoughts keep on imposing themselves on the screen. Davis types on and on without stopping, without correcting the ever more frequent typing errors. Sometimes these even take on the form o Freudian slips, which only enhances the feeling that you are taking a peep into Davis’ head. Themes that keep on popping up in Davis’ stream of consciousness are language, time, death and women. This is anything but a simple video registration of the typing Davis. It is clearly visible in, for example, the editing, that he is very conscious of the medium in which he is working, and of its possibilities. Read more...

  • Date: 1973
  • Length: 30'40''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual, performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: communication, identity, language, technology