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Phyllis Baldino


Video’s ability to highlight the elasticity of time has fascinated artists for over thirty years (consider Bruce Nauman’s Video Corridor of 1968–70 or Nam June Paik’s 1974 TV Buddha). Phyllis Baldino’s two recent video installations (both 2000) further this tradition by exploring the negative consequences of the compression of time. Lie the structuralist filmmakers of the ’60s and ’70s, Baldino imposes strict temporal and conceptual limits on her investigations yet extends her project well beyond a medium-specific critique.

16 minutes lost is based on science writer James Gleick’s theory, put forth in his 1999 book Faster, that we each spend sixteen minutes a day on average looking for mislaid objects. Baldino recorded a variety of people rifling through their bags, files, and apartments (apparently unstaged), many filmed at close range, near the center of the action. A pair of eight-minute

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