On the anniversary of 9/11 and twenty years after the creation of White Balance (to think is to forget differences), Cristin Tierney Gallery is pleased to present a limited-time screening of the full-length video by François Bucher.
White Balance is an effort to uncover the geographies of power and the frontiers of privilege. Media and internet footage is intermixed with images shot in downtown Manhattan before and after the September 11th attacks. The video presents a question that needs to be visited over and over, a question that is always and necessarily larger than ourselves.
Yvonne Rainer asked this question in her film Privilege: "…is 'permanent recovering racists' the most we can ever be?" In this sense, offering a meta narrative that would pretend to describe the issues at stake is a failure to understand the layers of unspeakability that are hidden in the question of whiteness. The piece opts for a poetic language, an address that seeks to rouse thought by concentrating on the openings of the audiovisual experience, in the short-lived moment of the in-between.
A new commentary by the artist in which he describes the influences and context for the artwork is included below, underneath the video.
White Balance (to think is to forget differences), 2002video, color, stereo, 4:3 ratio32:00 minutes
François Bucher on making White Balance (to think is to forget differences)