Kate Burnet and Dan Woerner

Nevermind the High Sign, 2009

Digital Video, 4m 30s

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Interpreted from the 1956 short play, Act Without Words by Samuel Beckett, Nevermind The High Sign utilizes the pantomime format to tell a story about a character stranded in the desert who has only his dim-witted instincts to survive. Various props are lowered, they dangle in front of him only to be retrieved in a Buster Keaton meets Tantalus fashion. He plays the game despite his obvious handicaps and shortcomings; he reaches, examining the tools presented to him only to have the futility of the situation prevail. Inevitably he contemplates suicide, but eventually he succumbs either in defeat or rebellion and stares straight ahead.

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