PRINT October 2007


9 Scripts from a Nation at War

FROM THE LEFT SIDE of the screen, a hand scribbles a statement on a blackboard: “I will long for a break in the non-stop coverage.” Just as the writing is completed, someone else’s hand appears from the left to erase it. The board is newly filled and erased 248 times in the course of the hour-and-fifteen-minute-long video Citizen, one part of the ambitious multivideo work 9 Scripts from a Nation at War by artists Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, and David Thorne, recently on view at Documenta 12 in Kassel. Each different sentence is a “prediction about what I will do when democracy comes,” written by the artists from a variety of imagined subject positions. These range widely in tone, by turns cautious, melancholy, stubborn, and ecstatic: “I will hunker down,” “I will go off duty with a vengeance,” “I will harbor no nostalgia,” “I will put a face on the trauma,” “I

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