The Book of Genesis says that in the beginning was the word. One of the great mysteries is the emergence of agency or selfhood which gave us the ability to define one’s self as separate from the world and others. Soon after must have came the first word. This work endeavors to go to our earliest memories, even our species memory -- the first uttered words. Both variations seek to imagine a subjective state right before and at the time when the first word emerges. In a landscape of almost pitch darkness I depict the body nude. We see occasional gestures, emotion and another figure starkly presented seemingly pre-modern. The film unfolds in a kind of pre-narrative density, allowing the subject to explore time itself. Can we possibly know what the early moments of human language were like? Suddenly the first voice echoes out over the earth.
MIRACLE OF THE FIRST WORD
Two parallel projection screen installation. Color and Black and white. Sound. Loop.