New Reel

Hermine Freed

1977 | 00:12:00 | United States | English | Color | 4:3 |

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Found Footage, Television, Video History

In a tape that stands out as one of the earliest examples of the use of appropriated television footage, Freed assembles a collage of images representing American media icons, from Mickey Mouse and Richard Nixon, to The Wizard of Oz and the Rolling Stones. Placing cartoon images next to images of the war in Vietnam, Freed creates an appropriately surreal vision of American culture, and begs the question whether an anthropologist of the future would be able to decipher the truth of the age from such a confused mix of representations. Continuing a theme brought up in several of her earlier videos, Freed asks, "If history is made of memories, whose memories is it made of?"

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DINCA Vision Quest Festival, Chicago, 2015