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Multiplicity, Solid Sea 03: Road Map, 2003, stills from two color videos, 28 minutes 14 seconds, and 28 minutes 48 seconds.

“Experiments with Truth”

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

In their two-channel video Solid Sea 03: Road Map, 2003, the Milan-based collective Multiplicity dramatize the geopolitical stakes of Mark Nash’s curatorial examination of the status of truth in contemporary film and video. The work documents two road trips of equal distance, with each projection showing the path ahead: on the left, an Israeli’s one-hour journey between settlements in the West Bank; on the right, a Palestinian’s five-and-a-half-hour slog from Hebron to Nablus. The crucial difference is speed. The first trip is fast, straight, and smooth, gliding over clean Israeli highways that bypass Palestinian zones. The second, often slowed to the pace of walking, is fraught with congestion on dirt side roads and interrupted by concrete blocks and innumerable checkpoints. Mixing conventional documentary imagery with avant-garde presentation, the project exemplifies the recent innovations

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