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Terminal Velocity

Black and white computer scans from newspapers.
Enlarged sequences: 7 columns x 5 rows - 35 units each 12x16

This photographic grid as eulogy. Scanned sequences of images consecrate nine people -- among the hundreds -- falling to their inescapable deaths. The computer process allows intimate contact with each horrific isolation in the desolate shifting space. In this communal nightmare, fleeting visual attributes of nine lives become clearer by enlargement. Our own vertiginous grief, rage and sorrow envelop each frame, each fragment of photographic evidence -- unexpectedly captured, made public. These enlargements personalize nine people, who in their normal work day were thrown by impact into a gravitational plunge, or chose to escape incineration by leaping into space.

Carolee Schneemann
October 2001