Holocaust Movie Tourism
Item: Spielberg's List, 2003
|Title: ||Spielberg's List, 2003|
|Authors: ||Fast, Omer|
|Keywords: ||Schindler's List|
|Issue Date: ||2003 |
|Publisher: ||Postmasters Gallery, 459 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011|
|Abstract: ||"'Spielberg's List' is a two channel video work constructed around the experiences of Polish extras that participated in Steven Sielberg's shooting of 'Schindler's List.'" Artist: Omer Fast, b. 1972, Jerusalem, now living in Berlin.|
|Description: ||"'Spielberg's List' is a two channel video work constructed around the experiences of Polish extras that participated in Steven Sielberg's shooting of 'Schindler's List'. Spielberg shot his film on location in Krakow and its vicinity and used hundreds of local extras for the scenes involving the deportation, the camp, etc. An elaborate concentration camp set was built and never completely dismantled. It has since become a tourist attraction (there are numerous 'Schindler's List Tours of Krakow' available and the movie has played a significant part in the revitalization of Kazimierz, the former Jewish Ghetto in Krakow). Fast traveled to Krakow where he located and interviewed 'survivors' of 'Schindler's List' - both young and old - and asked them to describe their experience and the scenes they were in, often without elaborating on the fact that they're describing a movie. Fast here also uses the standard documentary device of an interview in order to construct a narrative that has as its center a paradox stemming from the passage of memory from private to public trust.
Mixing footage from the Plaszow camp set and from its neighboring Plaszow camp ground, from interviews with extras who participated in the film and in some cases experienced the events it depicts in their own lives, as well as segments from the 'Schindler's List' tours, Fast creates a layered work in which the idea of memory and what is real is both expanded and put under considerable duress when filmed entertainment turns (in)to history."
"Through varied strategies of digital manipulation Fast's video work explores the layers of the cinematic medium juxtaposing or integrating personal narratives with public ones, drawing attention to a fine line between documentary and fiction, memory, perception, and history as reflected in the present moment in time."
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