PRINT September 2003


Omer Fast really knows how to wreck a movie. His video installations—which may take their cue, if not their footage, from Hollywood fare—tend to unsettle the elements that make moving pictures move, from the sound to the subtitles. For an early intervention, T3-AEON, 2000, Fast smuggled his own tales into the sound track of The Terminator (1984) and returned the tainted videos to rental stores around New York. As the Terminator pulls the trigger on a victim, a male voice-over suddenly interrupts the scene with a recollection of being disciplined as a child by his father: “He slapped me. And then he slapped me again and again.” While transforming the blockbuster film into a public archive for private memories, the parasitic narrative frustrates both the hero’s actions and the viewer’s pleasure.

“I try to resist catharsis in film,” says Fast, whom many will remember from the 2002 Whitney

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