Wexner Center for the Arts

Service of the Goods

Sun, Jun 1, 2014
Mon, Jun 30, 2014
The Box

An original and unsettling examination of documentary representation, Service of the Goods remakes shot-for-shot selected scenes from Frederick Wiseman’s seminal documentaries on state-run, tax-funded American institutions, including Titicut Follies (1967), High School (1968), Hospital (1969), and Welfare (1975). To create his haunting work, Canadian filmmaker Jean-Paul Kelly bracingly reorients our attention by covering up the human element that’s foregrounded in Wiseman’s films and reducing the soundtrack to a queasy murmur. (29 mins., video)