OWLS AT NOON Prelude: The Hollow Men
April 27–June 13, 2005
The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Media Gallery, second floor
This nineteen-minute piece takes its starting point and its title from T.S. Eliot's 1925 poem "The Hollow Men," which reflected on the European wasteland that resulted from the first World War. Marker's meditation mixes his thoughts on the the poem with images of wounded veterans and achingly beautiful women, evoking the hopelessness of those who lived through Europe's near suicide. As this war comes back to haunt us in both the Balkans and the Middle East, Marker combs a vast beach of images to create an echo chamber in which the viewer can either remember or witness for the first time the reality of a civilization's self-slaughter.
The continued presentation of Hollis Frampton's Lemon (1969) and Gary Hill's Inasmuch as It Is Always Already Taking Place (1990) is also featured in niches near the film and media gallery.
OWLS AT NOON Prelude: The Hollow Men is made possible with the generous support of the Pannonia Foundation, with support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York.