Of Americans

(2021)

20:21, 4K (3840×2160)

Part 2 of a 2-part set of videos which are based on Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans. Part 1 is titled The Hyphenation.

An earlier text-based work The Hyphenation of Americans kickstarted these videos.

The video takes the appearance of words referencing colours in Gertrude Stein’s mammoth tome (294 occurrences over the span of 925 pages) as main structural device. The longer vertical lines denote chapter breaks. The smaller vertical lines move through the book from left to right of the frame.

Premiere as part of the hour presented by Arraymusic during the 12-hour online only event -And-, December 12, 2021.

Thanks to Sam Wagter, Andi Duro, and Christopher dela Cruz.