Flash in the Metropolitan

Rosalind Nashashibi , Lucy Skaer

UK, 2006
4 minutes, Col., Silent
Original format: 16mm
Available formats: 16mm

Shot in 2006 in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the film tracks through the Near Eastern, African and Oceanic collections, offering fleeting glimpses of statues, bowls and historical artefacts . These ancient objects are granted only a split second in the limelight, lit up by a flashing strobe, but the metronomic regularity of those flashes reverses the transitory nature of these brief glimpses, hinting in three short minutes at the vast, almost unimaginable stretches of time that separate the old objects.