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THEADORA WALSH


hello! I am a writer and performance artist who makes work in the intersection of those fields. I’m into the physicality of language, its existence in time, and the tension between speech and its documentation. My work amplifies the subjectivity of language by creating poetic images that hinge on the edge of recognition and alienation--legibility and incomprehension. Time, memory, and the social nature of language play central roles.


WRITING

I Love Repair
Prose
Essays


VIDEO WRITING

AAAA, BBBB, CCCC & the rest
Subtitle Drift

Aberration of the Translator


PERFORMANCE

Touch Guide
Automatic Word Processing
Horse Players


TEACHING

The Essay Video
Introduction to Digital Writing



Mark

The Essay Video 
an upper-division course 

Course Description

In an interview Godard joked, “I have a secret ambition…to be put in charge of the French newsreel service.” Then he started to convince himself, “A televised newspaper made up of carefully prepared documents would be extraordinary.” Information, sound, image, all of this happening in time, segmented and digestible, Godard sensed the possibility in a new type of media. A digestible form of consumption that blended text with pictures, documentation with advertisement, intimacy with objectification. And now we have it. The computer allows access to thousands of newspapers, also television shows, social media sites, email, reddit, first person shooting games, everything really. Looking at artists like Janet Cardiff, Hito Steyerl, Jenny Holzer, Harun Farocki, Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Trinh Minh Ha, Allison Parrish, Amalia Ulman, Renee Green, Sondra Perry, Angela Washko, Douglas Kearney, Xu Bing and others, we’ll explore narrative in the on screen video format.


Taught at

Brown University, Providence RI,
Fall 2018