by Holly FISHER
2014 / Video / color-b&w / sound / 1S / 13' 00

THINKTANK is a tapestry in motion–in which 24 layers of iPhone video of swimming goldfish are laced with ambiguous floating text–transforming over time from a playful meditation on language into a haunting look into the ethos of the U.S. government surveillance dragnet. Music is by avant-garde composer Lois V Vierk.

This film is a few minutes shorter than GOLDFISH VARIATIONS, with the same music, one cut in mid-section, and with floating text slipped into the continuous flow of imagery as if I too was a hacker, responding to current events breaking in January, 2013. The particular event that triggered THINKTANK was an article published in Der Spiegel concerning the Edward Snowden leaks of NSA spy programs, reporting that the program at the center of this surveillance network had been code-named "TAO" (tailored access operations, renamed in spring 2017). As a former student of Taoism the irony of this name caught my attention. And so while GOLDFISH VARIATIONS is purely meditative, THINKTANK may spark a more edgy type of contemplation…


distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 60 fps
sound sound
rental fee 54,00 €