"Homeland" is a multilayered video piece by Alan Sondheim that makes use of text, images, and animation. As Sondheim writes in his description of the piece, it is
"a long piece that is best seen by skimming through
it or shuttling back and forth across it. It's about 50 minutes
long. It's about the left in America. It's about America. It's
about the repetition and brutality of America. It's about a lack
of breathing room. It is a piece which I've been working on in
the past several pieces. The past several pieces should be
ignored. This piece supersedes all of them. This piece brings
everything together. There are seven layers to this piece. The
layers intersect and interact. I want to thank so many people
who have helped with this. I particularly want to thank Johannes
Birringer who generously allowed me to use the photographs from
a 1990s protest at the University of Texas at Dallas. They play
a large role in this. I want to thank people associated with New
Jersey Institute of Technology. They also have contributed to
this. I have been thinking recently of Kristeva and Irigaray.
I've been thinking of Heiner Muller. I've been thinking of giant
Jonathan Swift. Mostly I've been thinking of earthquake and
Ukraine, wars and pollution, desertification and Godard,
collocations and Agnes Varda, on and on and on. Mostly I've been
thinking of nothing, just this production, bits and pieces, a
production based on scanning and surveying, catastrophe theory
and the catastrophic. Please scan through this; some of it might
make sense to you. Dedicated to Azure Carter, who has seen me
-- Alan Sondheim
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Alan Sondheim gave the files for this work to Dene Grigar in October of 2021.
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