Tracie Hervy
Black and White
2015
Video (excerpt)
Black and White
In New York City people avoid the eyes of strangers. Maybe it’s a habit we’ve developed because we are in such close proximity; it’s a way of keeping our distance in conditions of physical intimacy. Our attempts to isolate ourselves from those around don’t seem to override our animal instinct, which not only senses, but also responds to the movements of others. In the video “Black and White” two men stand side by side on a New York City subway car. One consumed with his thoughts. The other is singing to a tune on his phone. Even though they don’t acknowledge each other, the movement of one, prompts the movement of the other. They are linked. It isn’t a benevolent connection; it feels defensive, but it’s a connection, never the less.
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