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The Trial

2013

Video

9’

 

The video seems to be a sketch in which a main character dressed in a severe, military- like uniform harangues three vending machines. It explores the exaggerated gestures of the revolutionary speaker and archaic language typically employed in communist ideo- logical discourse. Included in the dialogue are quotes from four political and literary figures: Mao Zedong, Maxim Gorky, Winston Churchill and Mark Twain. Following a simple dialectic principle of pitting the judge’s arguments against those of the vending machines, we witness an exchange of irreconcilable ideologies in which neither party understands the other.