Documents Flicker, by Paul McCarthy, 1995–99

Paul McCarthy, Artist
Documents Flicker , 1995–99

Single-channel video, color, sound
30:00 min.
Credit Line
Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Video still courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Documents Flicker employs repurposed imagery to dizzying effect. This single-channel video consists of an archive of images—from babies to Mickey Mouse, from resort hotels and the Eiffel Tower to a Nazi gathering—that take the viewer on a surreal journey, the pictures flashing by so quickly as to seem like an unconscious dreamscape.