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1973 | 00:06:00 | United States | English | B&W | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Death and Dying, Environment, Family, Landscape, Performance, Sculpture

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Originally part of a larger sculptural installation using prospector's tools, this tape reenacts the search for "Olga," a miner's wife who disappeared on her honeymoon in 1936. As Paul and Marlene Kos call out, "Olga... Olga...", the camera scans the Wyoming wilderness, and their search becomes ritualistic, the repetitive calls building in intensity and breaking down into chanted moans. The camera's movement follows the growing frenzy and sexual suggestiveness of the soundtrack, reinforcing the erotic subtext of the tape, and building a parallel between the prospector's desperate search for his bride and for gold.

This title was in the original Castelli-Sonnabend video art collection.