The Smallest Particle
Ken Feingold, 1987, 8'20''

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Like India Time, The Smallest Particle is a part of The Distance of The Outsider, a series of experimental documentaries in which Feingold interprets his 'Asia experience.' He neither denies nor attempts to bridge the gap that separates the Western outsider from 'exotic' Asian culture. This results in images that perfectly preserve the enigmatic quality of the 'foreign.' To remind the viewer of the context, there is an occasional glimpse of a tourist in a hotel bedroom amongst the rapid succession of fragmentary images which have been edited as 'instant cut-ups.' We hear a real 'story-teller' telling snatches of anecdotes, some of which are repeated over and over again. The images are not ordered in some linear-narrative fashion rather they are like the apparetly chaotic impressions that crowd your head after (for instance) an unforgettable journey. These memories may never recede and in time will be capable of emerging in meaningful and unexpected configurations. Read more...

  • Date: 1987
  • Length: 8'20''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: (experimental) documentary (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: third world/non-western culture, storytelling, travel, tourism