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Domietta Torlasco, House Arrest, US., 8 min., 2015 video

HOUSE ARREST (US., 8 min., 2015) is a split-screen video essay documenting a visit to the Stasi Museum, Berlin, in the summer of 2013. The piece juxtaposes shots of the museum’s homelike curtained windows and mundane office furnishings with glimpses of the American West, a world, for all its wild expanse, that likewise emerges as world of vigils and vigilantes, policed borders, trafficking, equivocal domiciles. In the one domain as in the other, surveillance regrets nothing. It aims at organizing life down to the last detail, casting its net on the big and the small, the nearby and the faraway, the living room and the desert.

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Domietta Torlasco, Philosophy in the kitchen, U.S., 21 min., 2014 video

PHILOSOHPY IN THE KITCHEN (U.S., 21 min., 2014) is a split-screen video essay that explores how housework has changed the cinema. Well before other forms of labor in the new global economy erased the line between work and life, housework (from cleaning and cooking to child-rearing) was always that with which we are never done. It seizes all of life incessantly, requiring that we envision new forms of expression and tactics of resistance. The cinema of duration—long takes, repetitive gestures, protracted silences—was born in the kitchen in the 1940s and from there it went on to alter our sense of time and understanding of social relations. Gleaning, collecting, and reframing images of domestic labor from key European films, PHILOSOPHY IN THE KITCHEN sketches for us an alternative history of the cinema--one in which the blurring of work and life gives rise to a new image and thought of time.