The Fourth Dimension
Trinh T. Minh-ha, USA/JPN 2001, 97 min, engl. OF
For this film Trinh works with a digital camera for the first time. The result is, as she says herself: “An image of Japan, conveyed through the vision of a digital machine that can stretch and model time.” It compiles scenes from public life, in cities, in religious places, profane everyday events and traditional dances and rituals. In addition, the filmmaker reflects from off screen on perceptual apparatuses, the role of technology and changing relationships: to and between images and their meanings, between time and memory, and how the producers of the images create an archive of these relationships both individually and collectively. Last but not least, the art historical discourse of the West has always been particularly interested in the “other” in the perspective of Far Eastern imaging techniques – to a certain extent Trinh also continues this engagement with the means of the digital.