YOUR TELEVISION TRAVELER

by Larry GOTTHEIM
1991 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 16' 00

The core material is of space footage with a sound track that is an intimate discussion with a Cuban woman. Another group of images taken in Cuba is superimposed on it, It includes a major religious festival. The sound track with this material is from a documentary record about a space flight in which the astronauts internalize an identity with the racist comic character of a Hispanic astronaut, Jose Jimenez, and Castro comes to power. A final body of material is from a TV series in which the narrator, the “TV Traveler,” narrates about the Florida turpentine industry. This is a counterpart to the sugar industry run by slaves and former slaves across the Caribbean. All the elements are superimposed in the final section.

This continues my interest in the superimposition of identities, including the TV Traveler as an ironic self-image. The astronaut Scott Carpenter has identified with Jose Jimenez as his double, even when he almost faced death. Many affinities are exposed between the elements, including geographic, political and historical. Political reality is another construct that hides the nature of being that tries to manifest itself from beneath the banal surface of things. - L.G.

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distribution format DCP on server (SMPTE 2K)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
rental fee 62,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
rental fee 62,00 €