Not a matter of if but when
As part of the Wexner Center’s 25th anniversary, The Box is dedicating the entire year of programming to work produced in the Film/Video Studio. Screenings in this free exhibition space for video, located just across from the Wexner Center Store, run continuously seven days a week, the same hours as our ticket office (Mon–Wed: 9 AM–6 PM; Thu–Fri: 9 AM–8 PM; Sat: 10 AM–8 PM; Sun: 11 AM–6 PM).
In 2005–06, during a year spent living in Damascus, Syria, artists Julia Meltzer and David Thorne worked with Syrian performer Rami Farah, recording short improvised sequences in which Farah responded to a prompt or a text.
The result is a combination of direct address and fantastical narrative in which Farah’s improvisations speak to living in a condition of uncertainty, chaos, and stasis. Based in Los Angeles, the two artists previously collaborated under the name The Speculative Archive. The full title of this piece is Not a matter of if but when: brief records of a time when expectations were repeatedly raised and lowered and people grew exhausted from never knowing if the moment was at hand or was still to come. (32 mins., video)