One of the artists we learned about in my video art class yesterday was Omer Fast. The instructor showed us this video, where Fast talks about his video installation, The Casting (2007), which featured in the Whitney Museum of American Art's 2008 biennale exhibition:
Working in the museum field for several years, I like the way Fast invites viewers to interact with his video material in a different way. Having worked in TV news, I also understand that what the media presents is not always the way it has occurred... not to mention the ability of one's own memory to distort or forget facts. I am also intrigued by how Fast has combined a standard documentary interview with an acted, cinematic scene. This certainly is an interesting way of thinking about the war in Iraq, and how it was presented to us through media.
Omer Fast, "The Casting," 2007, Museo Magazine on Vimeo.
Omer Fast profile, Frieze Magazine, April 2008
2008 Whitney Biennal: Omer Fast
"Contemporary Filmmaker Omer Fast's 'The Casting' at the IMA," Indiana's 4, August 18, 2009