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"Dachau, 1974"Beryl Korot
Beryl Korot narrates the process of creating one of the first multi-channel works of video art—Dachau, 1974—a haunting document of tourists visiting the notorious Nazi concentration camp.More information and credits
Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Wesley Miller. Camera & Sound: Nick Ravich. Editor: Joaquin Perez. Artwork Courtesy: Beryl Korot.
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An early video-art pioneer and an internationally exhibited artist, Beryl Korot’s multiple-channel (and multiple-monitor) video-installation works explored the relationship between programming tools as diverse as the technology of the loom and multiple-channel video. For most of the 1980s, Korot concentrated on a series of paintings that were based on a language she created that was an analogue to the Latin alphabet. Drawing on her earlier interest in weaving and video as related technologies, she made most of these paintings on handwoven and traditional linen canvas. More recently, she has collaborated with her husband, the composer Steve Reich, on Three Tales, a documentary digital-video opera in three Acts and a Prologue.
So I took channels one and three and two and four, and I created pairs to move the viewer, in a sense, through the experience of going through the camp… But to me, this was my quartet: different instruments with different rhythms being able to come together to create a whole.