Journey Into Fear by Stan Douglas
Publisher: Walther König, Köln, 2002
Preface: Julia Peyton-Jones
Introduction: Achim Borchardt-Hume
Published on the occasion of the Serpentine Gallery’s Exhibition, 27 February – 7 April 2002.
Intricate and emotive, Stan Douglas’ film installations are concerned with complex psychological states such as collective memories, forgotten histories, and social alienation. His recent project Journey into Fear derives from two sources–the 1942 and 1975 films of the same name, and Melville’s late novel The Confidence Man–and presents an endless array of possibilites, juxtaposing repetition and novelty, destroying conventional senses of time, and trapping the viewer in the haunting world of the film. Journey Into Fear is essentially a series of dialogues between characters on a container vessel at sea off Vancouver, scripted by Douglas and novelist Michael Turner.
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