FRIDAY 31.10.08 AT 8:30PM
Memory Bucket, 2003, sound, 21min45
Memory Bucket was produced during a residency in San Antonio, Texas, finding the artist turning his attention to the state’s recent history. He focuses on the politically-loaded locations of Waco and Crawford, George Bush’s hometown, merging archive shots with personal testimonies from the likes of a siege survivor and the owner of the President’s local diner. The sometimes moving, sometimes humorous scenes, flow into footage of a shop in which a rack of rifles stands behind a row of pastry cutters, an anti-Bush/anti war demo, a performing Willie Nelson, and a re-telling of the story of the Alamo. Deller offers charged moments, controversy, strongly-held beliefs and tender reminiscence, encapsulated in the mythology of Texas. We are left with a lingering shot of three million bats emerging from a cave just as the sun goes down.
Adaptation of an excerpt from a text written by David Prudames on the Turner Prize 2004