English subtitles

← Omer Fast: "CNN Concatenated" | ART21 "Exclusive"

Get Embed Code
5 Languages

Showing Revision 1 created 03/07/2016 by Amara Bot.

  1. [MALE ANNOUNCER] This is CNN.
  2. [Omer Fast: "CNN Concatenated"]
  3. [WOMAN TAKES A BREATH]
  4. I / just / feel / like / I / have / so / much
    / to / give / but
  5. sometimes / you / can / be / so / full / of
    / resentment.
  6. [MAN TAKES A BREATH]
  7. Why / is / that?
  8. [MAN TAKES A BREATH]
  9. Perhaps / I / talk / too / much.
  10. [WOMAN TAKES A BREATH]
  11. Maybe / I / come / on / a / little / too / strong.
  12. [WOMAN TAKES A BREATH]
  13. Sometimes / even / I / over / react.
  14. [WOMAN TAKES A BREATH]
  15. Okay.
  16. [WOMAN TAKES A BREATH]
  17. [OMER FAST] So "CNN Concatenated" is an 18-minute-long monologue, in a sense,
  18. that's composed from thousands of very small clips
  19. recorded on the Cable News Network.
  20. [WOMAN TAKES A BREATH]
  21. If / we're / going / to be / in / this / relationship
  22. for / some / time,
  23. we / may / as / well / begin / working / on
    / this / together / now.
  24. [WOMAN TAKES A BREATH]
  25. It's / not / enough / to / turn / me / on
    / once / in / a / while.
  26. [WOMAN TAKES A BREATH]
  27. It's / not / enough / for / you / to / turn
    / to / me
  28. every / time / you / need / something.
  29. [MAN TAKES A BREATH]
  30. [FAST] I started the piece earlier than 2001
  31. and began collecting material not really knowing
  32. what I was going to do with it,
  33. and began to form very primitive sentences
  34. with these little words that I was collecting.
  35. ...statistics / and / their / partisan / priorities,
  36. between / the / Middle / East / and / the
    / Far / West,
  37. between / the / Mid / West / and / the / Far
    / East,
  38. between / the / coasts / and / the / swing
    / states,
  39. between / the / standards / of / reporting
    / and / the
  40. measures / of / the / demographic / tastes
  41. between / the / spy / plane / and / the / space
    / station,
  42. civilians / on / submarines / and / billionaires
    / in / orbiting / vacations...
  43. [FAST] And then I moved to Germany on September 1st, 2001,
  44. and, while sitting in German classes learning a language--
  45. and writing downs words and reciting them--
  46. I heard about the attacks on the World Trade Center,
  47. and realized that the piece, in a sense,
  48. would have to change.
  49. I kept ordering VHS cassettes from CNN
  50. of the aftermath.
  51. And through that footage,
  52. the challenge was to articulate a voice--
  53. to try to locate a voice-
  54. that sort of responds to all that,
  55. or rather speaks through it at the same time.
  56. [MAN TAKES A BREATH]
  57. Where / do / our / respons- / -ibilities / begin?
  58. [MAN TAKES A BREATH]
  59. Where / do / our / needs / end?
  60. [WOMAN TAKES A BREATH]
  61. What / have / we / done / to / deserve / this?
  62. [MAN TAKES SILENT PAUSE]
  63. What / could / we / have / done / to / prevent
    / it / from / happening?
  64. [WOMAN TAKES A BREATH]
  65. What / can / we / learn?
  66. [WOMAN TAKES A BREATH]
  67. Where / do / we / go / from / here?
  68. [WOMAN TAKES A BREATH]
  69. What / do / we / know?
  70. [MAN TAKES A BREATH]
  71. How / have / we / changed?
  72. [MAN TAKES A BREATH]
  73. What / should / we / have / done / different
    / -ly?
  74. [WOMAN TAKES A BREATH]
  75. Who / can / we / trust?
  76. [FAST] But if the work succeeds,
  77. it's when you pass that point--
  78. you begin to almost close your eyes,
  79. with all the clutter
  80. and with all the noise that it makes
  81. and begin to listen to that voice
  82. that's speaking through the footage.
  83. That voice, it's a pretty scared voice.
  84. It's pretty urgent,
  85. demanding, aggressive, scared voice.
  86. I / don't / know / what / to / say.
  87. [WOMAN TAKES SILENT PAUSE]
  88. [FAST] That voice is, I suppose, in a way,
  89. that kind of...
  90. those sort of agents or their doppelganger
  91. that are used for me.
  92. [WOMAN TAKES A BREATH]
  93. Every / time / I / try / to / speak / carefully,
  94. I / fuck / up / and / make / a / big / mess
    / of / it / all.
  95. [WOMAN TAKES SILENT PAUSE]