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Friday, December 12, 2008
  non-western | are you or have you ever been?

see the online version of 'non-western' from:

http://www.lindawallace.eu

and jump in any order to see all five sections from, for example:

http://www.undergrowth.eu/

or see it from utube

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=machinehunger

'In her video non-western Linda Wallace subtitles her fascinating,
rhythmic montage of Dutch vistas, highways and people with long strings
of numbers. These "facts and figures" describing Dutch society slide
through the images at a fast pace, for instance: the total number of
non-western immigrants in 2050, the percentage of non-westerners in the
biggest cites, and the total numbers of non-western young people.
Wallace knowingly uses bureaucratic "truths" rather than the complex,
contradictory and dynamic daily reality that the statistics hide. What
do these statistics do? The inclination towards statistical
essentialism, where lives become stuck in unambiguous, unalterable and
irreconcilable identities is characteristic of the contemporary public
debate, and bears a striking resemblance to the corners and straight
lines of the Netherlands landscape.'
(Dr Jolle Demmers, Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University)

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