Dara Birnbaum: Damnation of Faust Trilogy

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Dara Birnbaum: Damnation of Faust Trilogy

Using Wagner's Faust as a touchstone, Damnation of Faust is a trilogy of highly structured and composed video works evoking a free-floating, non-linear dream or memory. The broad themes of the work are conflicting forms of societal restraint and the struggles to define and express personal identity.

 

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Damnation of Faust: Evocation
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Using “found” imagery shot in a SoHo playground, the first part of the Damnation of Faust trilogy explores the possible relations between childhood play and a woman looking on from outside. Without dialogue, the gestures of the characters become...

 

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Damnation of Faust: Will-o'-the-Wisp (A Deceitful Goal)
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The second part of the Damnation of Faust Trilogy centers on the development of Marguerite, the female character in the Faust legend. Masterfully composing fragmentary "memory" images in elegant 19th Century Japanese compositions, Birnbaum traces...

 

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Evocation of Faust: Charming Landscape
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The final work in the Damnation of Faust Trilogy, ironically titled Charming Landscape, investigates the way in which the urban landscape is a place "where you lose your identity.” Two female residents of the inner city tell their stories in casual...

 

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