Douglas Gordon's cutting-edge work is the stuff of fantasy
The Arts Diary
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize, 2014.
Friday 25 January 2013
Douglas Gordon's latest film, consisting solely of traditional knife-grinders in Morocco immersed in their work in different locations of the Kasbah in Tangiers, will be unveiled to audiences at the Berlin Film Festival next month.
While the work, Sharpening Fantasy, 2012, may leave some miffed, it is very much in keeping with his offbeat oeuvre: there was the video work that captured the snake charmers of Marrakech that Gordon made four years ago and before that, the film of the French footballer, Zinedine Zidane, filmed playing a game in real time.
Having seen Zidane, I can vouch for its hypnotic power and have no doubt that knife-grinders will be just as compelling under Gordon's video eye.
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