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"Babel: the 7 minute scroll"Beryl Korot

December 3, 2010

Beryl Korot discusses a recent work—Babel: the 7 minute scroll (2007)—which takes the form as both a large-scale print and an animated digital video. With pictographs that reference ancient Egypt and the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, Korot’s work investigates the history of tools and technology, language and narrative.

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Beryl Korot

Beryl Korot was born in 1945 in New York City. An early video-art pioneer, Korot explores how information has been encoded and transmitted through systems of lines and grids: the lines of a tapestry that are built by a loom, the lines of words that comprise a written text, and the scanned lines of information that create an image on a video screen. She applies these linear structures to her multichannel video installations, detailed schematic drawings, paintings, and weavings to create works that visualize the intersections of memory and history, language and thought, and technology and labor.


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Beryl Korot

“I guess for me, as an artist, I’m interested in going beyond my personal expression to things that I’m personally drawn towards, that also tell my story.”

Beryl Korot


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