CNN Concatenated, 2002
Exhibition view, Present Continuous, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2016
Single channel video
CNN Concatenated is a speech –part-harangue part-plea– composed for one voice but constructed entirely from single words spoken by news presenters of the cable news network.
The monologue is pulled from a ten-thousand-word database of clips which could suffice for an endless permutation of thoughts and distinct sentences.
However, the speech that results reflects a decidedly personal – albeit somewhat unstable – need for attention. If there is a speaking subject behind the monologue it is a voice that attempts to fill-in what the news stream fails to relieve and even exploits: more than the need to know and understand, but rather the need to see and to witness.
To have a memory.
To have community.
To have intimacy.
To have silence and rest.
To have language.