Sound and Video Artist: Feasts For The Eyes And Ears

Almost every art has its technology. Painting is an ancient mud process. Welded-steel sculpture required the invention of the welding torch. Janet Cardiff's breakthrough work required--the Walkman. Ten years ago, while thinking about a new artwork, she was walking through a cemetery in the Canadian town of Banff, reading into a tape recorder the names she found on old gravestones. At one point, she rewound the tape, then replayed it to find where she had left off. That is how she first had the disorienting experience of hearing herself describe a walk while she was still in the setting where she...

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