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El Gringo from the suite Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image

El Gringo from the suite Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image

Artist: Francis Alÿs (Born in Antwerp, Belgium, 1959. Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico)
Culture: Belgian
Date: 2003
Medium: Video (color, sound)
4:12 minutes
Classification: Video
Credit Line: Gift of Blake Byrne, T'57
Label Text:In El Gringo, viewers experience the discomfort of being an outsider when the camera is confronted by a pack of snarling dogs.

Point of View: an Anthology of the Moving Image was created to make video, film and digital work more accessible. The collection is comprised of eleven commissioned works by some of the most important artists working in these media today. As a relatively new art form, video art can be challenging for viewers. In our everyday lives, much of what we see on screens (televisions, computers, iPods, etc.) tells a story. Video art, however, is often non-narrative, and non-linear. The four works in this selection invite us to slow down and take time to look at the world in a new way.

Extended viewing and patience are often rewarded in video art. Be conscious of your reactions to what you see. Do the images or sounds remind you of things in your own life? Is it confusing or enjoyable? Think about why the artist might have ordered or layered the images the way he or she did. How does the anthology's title, Point of View, relate to the artwork? Whose point of view is displayed, and how does it relate to your own personal point of view?

Object number: 2017.4.35.1