THE SNAIL AND THE RAZOR, 2012, EXCERPT 04:29, ORIGINAL RUNTIME 07:57, SINGLE CHANNEL VIDEO, SOUND: JOSH ROSENBLATT, HD, COLOR, SOUND
The Snail and the Razor documents an interaction between a snail and an erect razor blade. Watching the video in real time is at once suspenseful, agonizing, humorous, heroic, suicidal, and inevitably transcendent. The action starts small, growing as we reflect on, and identify with, the journey of the slow moving creature. It is a process of rewiring our cultural anticipation to violence, a scene where nothing happens. The drumming lifts the content out of it’s potentially dire or morbid perspective and puts it into a state of levity (not unlike the experience at a circus or theater), that plays to our emotional connection with the content. The Snail and the Razor is a document of the vulnerable against the invulnerable – an epic undertaking that is universally relatable.
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