TO WATCH a great many Ed Atkins videos over a short period of time is to become somewhat desensitized to the theoretical-poetic verbiage that often flows through their soundtracks. Eloquently phrased yet hard to follow, these soliloquies at times come across as almost parodic pastiches of decades of Chris Marker–style voice-overs in the field of video art. All that intelligent reflection to the beat of ever-changing associative splicing: Does anyone ever really listen, really give it the attention it seems to demand? Still, some of his phrases stick. They stick because they come across as signature phrases, constantly repeated and as catchy as pop refrains. And just like refrains, they underscore some of the more significant realities produced in these works. Here’s one example:
I don’t want to hear any news on the radio about the weather on the weekend. Talk about that.
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