Thursday, June 28, 2012

Interview




It's been a month since I've written here. Let's celebrate together with a kind of indulgent "interview" from a video I made a few years back. George Bush was still the US president. Claire didn't have a baby. Sarah didn't live in NB. The sound in the video was nearly inaudible, so I never showed it as a piece, but Sarah and Claire did a really great job with the acting. They always did. I've also added some stills from the vid to gently guide you.






(Claire- the interview subject) What are you doing?

(Sarah - the journalist) Oh, I’m just sketching your outfit - our viewers like to know what people are wearing. It’s actually quite important.

(Claire) Oh, ok. Yes, that does seem important.

(Sarah) Mmm hmm. Okay. So. First question. True or false, George Bush doesn’t care about black people.

(Claire) True

(Sarah) True or false, work is rather humiliating.

(Claire) True

(Sarah) True or false, everyone hated Yoko because she wasn’t white, beautiful, or both?

(Claire) True

(Sarah) True or false, you are afraid of losing everything you have, death, or becoming toothess?

(Claire) True

 (Sarah) Have you walked through the projects before? What about at night?

 (Claire) False

 (Sarah) True or false, do you secretly wonder what it’s like to be tortured?

(Claire) False




(Sarah) True or false, you think that the artist Vito Acconci should get back under the floor boards where he was most effective?

(Claire) True

(Sarah) True or false, you are attracted to Vito Acconci?

(Claire) True

(Sarah) Are you glad you are not an American, sent to war to crawl on your belly through the sand, then come home, damaged and brittle for the rest of your life?

(Claire) True

(Sarah) And when you came home people would feel sorry for you and not want to be around you because they wouldn’t want the responsibility of being your counsel?

(Claire) True

(Sarah) What about the blonde girl who almost had her limbs blown off but then got rescued and came home to a happy life and baby? Is it because she came back to the position she’d always wanted - mother and wife?

(Claire) True

(Sarah) What about the ugly little troll who put the men on leashes like dogs? Do you think she’s capable of having a happy life? Do you think the fundamental difference between the two girls is one is beautiful and one is not?

 (Claire) True

 (Sarah) Ok. Yes or no, You separate yourself from the people left in the twin towers as well as in New Orleans after the floods because you are neither a business person nor very poor.

(Claire) False. No. True.

(Sarah) Yes or no, You secretly wish you knew someone involved in these tragedies because then you could connect to them directly and emotionally.

(Claire) False

(Sarah) Yes or no, You thought that during his unscripted speech about the floods Kanye West highjacked television and that Mike Myers was quite angry about it because it ruined his moment of charity?

(Claire) True

 (Sarah) Yes or no, You think that Mike Myers should have at least said something supportive because Kanye West was struggling to make his point, like “right on!”, or “power to the people” but he didn’t and now you will never see any of his films again.

(Claire) True

(Sarah) You’re doing very well, very very well. You are quite in tune with yourself here. Can you please take your sunglasses off at this point? I’m having difficulty seeing your eyes and their true nature.

(Claire) Ok

(Sarah) Thank you. Ok. Shall we continue?

(Claire) Sure


(Sarah) True or false, Sarkosy’s wife used to be on top, now she’s everybody’s bottom? I’m just kidding. Ok, Let’s talk about the country.

(Claire) Which country?

(Sarah) Like the trees, the rivers, birds, nature.

(Claire) Ok.

(Sarah) True or false, there are two different representations of the country. One is dry and pastoral, and happy, and pleasant. One is hot, swampy, not happy, but very sexual, and musky, like the inside of a man’s trousers in the dead of summer.

(Claire) True

 (Sarah) True or false, the great writer Thomas Hardy wrote about white classical romances, in the pastoral, and somewhat chaste pastoral country.

(Claire) True

(Sarah) True or false, the great writer William Faulkner wrote books about racial tragedies in the guttural south, beneath the dripping honeysuckle trees and next to dirty rivers.

(Claire) True

(Sarah) You’ve read these books?

(Claire) Have you?

(Sarah) That’s absolutely besides the point. Finally, yes or no, the woods are a dangerous place for a young woman, but an old woman, of any race, would most likely be fine there, as long as she had food.

(Claire) True

(Sarah) Thank you so much for your time.







No comments: