Artist: Durden and Ray
December 7th, 2013 – December 29th, 2013
Los Angeles based collective Durden and Ray presents a series of historical reenactment videos. The conceptual linkage concerns the assassination of the Russian Romanov family; the gunfight at the OK Corral; and the atom bomb test sites; each exploring aspects of power and its ramifications through history particularly in regards to power and its representations; illegality of action; and historical revisionism, democracy and autonomy.
For each reenactment, a member of the collective selects an historical event, a filming location, a general flow of action within that space, and the running time. Participants in the video can select any role, including camera person, and they can reenact the event based upon their own research, memory, or imagination of what historically happened. There can be more than one person reenacting the same part, but conversely not every part must be filled as the performers do not intentionally interact with each other as a way to amplify the hermetic aspects of historical interpretation. This is not acting but an engagement with notions of history, facticity and influence.
For this particular iteration of the ongoing D&R historical enactment project, we present 3 videos under the umbrella term, History Lessons.
About Durden and Ray
Durden and Ray Artists:
Luis G. Hernandez