Omer Fast’s 5000 Feet Is the Best
Dallas Museum of Art
June 23 through September 30, 2012
The Dallas Museum of Art presents Omer Fast: 5000 Feet Is the Best, opening Saturday, June 23, and remaining on view through Sunday, September 30, 2012. The film was originally shown at the 2011 Venice Biennale, and this is the first time the work will be on view at the DMA since entering the collection in 2011. 5000 Feet Is the Best, a thirty-minute video, takes its name from an excerpt of an interview between Fast and a Predator Drone aerial vehicle operator now working in Las Vegas as a casino security guard.
Born in Jerusalem and based in Berlin, Fast is among the most compelling and sophisticated video artists of his generation. He works with film, video, and television footage to examine how individuals and histories interact with each other in narrative. Fast mixes sound and image into stories that include personal and media accounts of current events and history.
5000 Feet Is the Best is based on two meetings, which were recorded in a hotel in Las Vegas in September 2010, where the drone operator shared the technical aspects of his job with Fast as well as the psychological difficulties he has experienced as a result of incidents in which the unmanned plane fired at both militants and civilians. This fictional and factual retelling of this veteran’s story explores the shifting divisions between reality and representation, and truth and memory. Fast’s articulation of the intersection of video game culture, slick Hollywood narrative, government concealment, and the privatization of warfare provides an elliptical and haunting account of its cost, while refusing to moralize or judge.
Fast will participate in an Artist Talk on the evening of Thursday, July 19. He will discuss his work, including 5000 Feet Is the Best, as well as the medium of cinema featured in his video art. The video will also be on view during Dallas VideoFest 25, September 27–30, which will be held at the Dallas Museum of Art. For information regarding programming, visit the Dallas Museum of Art’s website.
Omer Fast: 5000 Feet Is the Best is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and curated by Jeffrey Grove, the Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. Additional support is provided by TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual fundraising event that jointly benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art, and by the Contemporary Art Initiative through the gifts of an anonymous donor, Arlene and John Dayton, Jennifer and John Eagle, Amy and Vernon Faulconer, Kenny Goss, Tim Hanley, Marguerite Steed Hoffman, The Karpidas Foundation, Janelle and Alden Pinnell, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Gayle and Paul Stoffel, and Sharon and Michael Young. Air transportation provided by American Airlines.
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